Sunday, October 28, 2018

Moreland And Pearce Lead Epic Comeback, Sox Win Game Four 9-6, Lead 3-1

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Down 4-0 in the seventh inning, this 2018 Red Sox team demonstrated the resilience that has characterized them all year in a thrilling 9-6 comeback win in Game Four of the World Series. The victory puts Boston one win away from the franchise's ninth World Series title. Eduardo Rodriguez—who had pitched exclusively out of the bullpen in this postseason—pitched valiantly into the sixth inning until he made one mistake, giving up a three-run home run. After former Red Sox pitcher (and Milton, Massachusetts native) Rich Hill had stymied his old club—giving up just one earned run through 6.1 innings, he was inexplicably lifted. This led to a pinch-hit three-run home-run by Mitch Moreland off Ryan Madson (who has let in seven of seven inherited runners in the series). Capping the comeback was Steve Pearce, who clubbed a solo home run off Dodger "closer" Kenley Jansen—tying the game at 4-4. In the ninth inning, Brock Holt laced an opposite-field double down the left-field line—and pinch-hitter Rafael Devers roped a single up the middle to give Boston its first lead of the night. Then, up came that Pearce guy again—slicing a three-run, bases-clearing double—creating a five-run lead for Boston. Pearce became only the third player in Red Sox history to homer and drive in four runs in a World Series game—joining Carl Yastrzemski and David OrtizCraig Kimbrel delivered another cardiac save—giving up a two-run home run in the ninth. In a surprise move, Red Sox manager Alex Cora announced that David Price—not Chris Sale—will start Game Five on Sunday night. One win to glory!