The Los Angeles Dodgers face a 2-0 deficit against the Boston Red Sox in the World Series after another lackluster performance on Wednesday night, falling 4-2, as the series now shifts to Dodger Stadium.
The Red Sox singled the Dodgers to death in Game 1, and reports prior to Game 2 were that they would move their outfielders in a bit to try and take away those hits. That didn’t end up being the case though as the outfielders played just as deep Wednesday.
The biggest hit of the game for Boston was a bases-loaded two-run single by J.D. Martinez with two outs in the fifth inning that dropped just in front of Yasiel Puig in right field. Puig was playing extremely deep on the at-bat.
“I think with the Martinez ball, even if he was in, it’s going to drop in,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “It’s two out, they’re running on contact. And you’ve got to still respect J.D.’s power. But I thought it was an executed pitch that he just got enough of it to muscle it out to the outfield. I don’t think the outfield depth really played a factor in that.”
For most of the Dodgers’ outfielders, this series is their first experience at Fenway Park, which is one of the toughest outfields to defend given the odd dimensions and quirks.
Whether or not Puig would have caught Martinez’s ball if he was playing more shallow will never be known, but the Dodgers can take solace in the fact that the next few games of the series will be played at the friendly confines of Dodger Stadium.
They will need to start playing better though if they want to erase the 2-0 deficit and avoid losing in the World Series for the second straight season.
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