By Brandon Zhu
On this day in 2018, the Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-1 in Game 5 at Dodger Stadium to win their 9th title in franchise history. This was the franchise’s second time meeting in the World Series. The Red Sox finished the regular season with a 108–54 record, winning the American League East division title for the third consecutive season. The Dodgers finished with a 92-71 record, winning the National League West division title for the sixth consecutive season. Steve Pearce was named the World Series MVP. Pearce hit three home runs in the series. The first one was a game-tying solo home run in game 4, Red Sox won 9-6. With the Boston Red Sox up 3-1 in the series, Pearce hit two home runs in Game 5 to help the Red Sox secure the championship. Unfortunately for the Dodgers, this marked a back-to-back World Series defeat, after they lost to the Houston Astros in 2016. Currently, the Dodgers are in the World Series for the third time in four years. The Dodgers are facing off against the Tampa Bay Rays and trying to win their 7th title and the Rays are looking to win their first World Series. (subject to change Game 7 is Oct.28).