"It is a tough loss", manager Dave Roberts said. "They are prepared and have confidence when they walk out to the batter's box because the manager has prepared them to go out and show". By the end of Game 4, even President Donald Trump was weighing in, ripping the Dodgers on Twitter for taking out Hill ("dominating") and bringing in "nervous reliever (s)" who "get shellacked".
It was the beginning of another troubled outing for Los Angeles' bullpen in the World Series.
The trio combined to drive in eight runs over the final three innings of the Red Sox's 9-6 comeback win over the Dodgers in Los Angeles.
When it was over, the Red Sox had regained some of what they lost the night before, most notably control of this World Series. "It is fantastic how a manager takes out a pitcher who is loose & dominating through nearly 7 innings, Rich Hill of Dodgers, and brings in nervous reliever (s) who get shellacked".
"All of a sudden they score a few runs, and sometimes that right there can spark an offense", Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez said of the team's response to the Dodgers' 4-0 lead. "Managers do it all the time, big mistake!"
Cora joked that his English wasn't good enough to know what Sale was saying. "I think that's what it did. That's one man's opinion".
Los Angeles must overcome a 3-1 deficit to end its 30-year championship drought.
Moreland joins Bernie Carbo (who had two in 1975), Bobby Kielty (2007) and Eduardo Nunez (Game 1 this year) as Boston players who have homered in a World Series game as pinch-hitters.
Roberts and Hill talked in the sixth, with the 38-year-old left-hander telling his manager to keep an eye on him.
"So in that spot right there, considering who you have left in the pen, you have to make a decision", Roberts said. But if it doesn't happen, we got Chris lined up for Game 6 at home.
Red Sox: Price gave up two runs and three hits over six innings in Game 2 for his second consecutive postseason win.
The superlative Boston roster that won 108 regular-season games and then rolled through the 100-win New York Yankees and defending champion Houston Astros to win the AL pennant is now one win from this formerly tormented franchise's ninth World Series crown. "It's just more of the thought of where we're at with the bullpen and trying to figure out what's the best way to get as many outs as we can from Rich, " Roberts said. "We'll move forward and concentrate on Sunday".
The Dodgers broke through with four runs in the sixth, with a throwing error and a three-run homer by Yasiel Puig spoiling Rodriguez's night.
Unless they can run off three straight wins, the Dodgers will go into the winter losing a second straight Series and wondering how this game got away.
The All-Star closer served up a one-out homer to Steve Pearce that tied the game at 4-all.
"We're not out yet", Roberts said. "It's not over until it's over".
Less than 17 hours after Max Muncy's 18th-inning homer for the Dodgers ended the longest game in World Series history at 7 hours, 20 minutes, the teams were back on the field in Chavez Ravine. Converted starter Alex Wood got the win by pitching out of trouble in the 18th after giving up a leadoff walk. Only six teams have accomplished the feat in a best-of-seven World Series, although the Chicago Cubs did it just two years ago. That ended his major league record streak of converting his first 12 postseason save chances. He was charged with five runs and seven hits over four-plus innings in a Game 1 loss at Boston.
A double by Brock Holt and a pinch-hit single by Rafael Devers off ex-Rays reliever Dylan Floro in the ninth put them ahead to stay, with four more runs to follow.