Alex Wood Gives up Three-run Homer in Game 1, Dodgers Twitter Goes into Meltdown

Alex Wood #57 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts as Eduardo Nunez #36 of the Boston Red Sox rounds the bases after his three-run home run during the seventh inning in Game One of the 2018 World Series at Fenway Park on October 23 in Boston, Massachusetts. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Alex Wood had a night to forget as he gave up a three-run homer to Eduardo Nunez as the Los Angeles Dodgers fell 8-4 to the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the World Series.

With the Red Sox leading 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh inning at Fenway Park, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts surprisingly turned to Wood. He would live to regret his decision as Red Sox infielder Eduardo Nunez swatted a 1-0 knuckle curve ball into the seats above the Green Monster in left field giving Boston a 8-4 lead.

The three-run pinch-hit homer turned out to be the moment that decided the game as the Dodgers failed to score in the eight and ninth innings. While losing to a Red Sox team that has won a franchise-record 108 games in the regular season is hardly inconceivable, the manner of the defeat left a bitter taste in the mouths of many Dodgers fans.

Unsurprisingly, Roberts and Wood were immediately identified as the main culprits with fans taking to Twitter to vent their frustration against the pair.

Ahead of Game 1, the Dodgers dropped rookie Caleb Ferguson in favor of Scott Alexander and some were left wondering why Wood was instead allowed to retain his spot on the roster.

And again, why is Alex Wood here?

— Vincent Samperio (@VinceSamperio) October 24, 2018

Glad Caleb Ferguson ain’t on the roster so he could have a good view of what Alex Wood just did.

— Vincent Samperio (@VinceSamperio) October 24, 2018

Eduardo Nunez just hit a homer off Alex Wood and it's now 8-4 Boston.


— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) October 24, 2018

Alex Wood, man. Every time.

— Michael J. Duarte (@michaeljduarte) October 24, 2018

I don't understand in what world Alex Wood is the answer in that situation.

— Frank López, World Series Champion ⚾️ (@BeisbolFrank) October 24, 2018

Questioning the wisdom of Alex Wood one the WS roster. Could use Caleb Ferguson right about now. #Dodgers #LADetermined.

— Steve Mason (@VeniceMase) October 24, 2018

If I am the #Dodgers after the game tonight put Alex Wood on the dl and put Caled Ferguson back on the roster! #WorldSeries

— Mark Brockett (@Tuff_Overlord) October 24, 2018

They were debating between Caleb Ferguson and Scott Alexander. Meaning Alex Wood, by far the #Dodgers worst pitcher in the postseason, was a lock. Insanity.

— David Rosenthal 🏆 (@_therealdrose) October 24, 2018

Others went as far as suggesting that an injury to Wood would be a blessing in disguise for the Dodgers as it would give Roberts a valid excuse to drop him rather than forcing the Dodgers coach to make a difficult decision.

Alex Wood owes this team a fake injury

— Randi ⚾️ (@dodgers_randi) October 24, 2018

After the game Roberts defended his decision to replace Rafael Devers with Wood, hinting he thought the latter would provide a better match-up for Nunez.

"Devers is really good against the right hander, and to get a guy off the bench and Nunez, I really liked Alex in that spot, I did," he was quoted as saying by the Associated Press.

Up until Wood's debacle, the Dodgers had hung into the game admirably and overhauled a 2-0 deficit to tie the score in the top of the third inning and then again in the top of the fifth.

Game 1 marked the first meeting in the World Series between the two sides since 1916 and for the first time in World Series history two pitchers—Chris Sale and Clayton Kershaw—who recorded 300-strikeout in the season were pitted against each other.

Game 2 is scheduled for Wednesday night at Fenway Park.