Published: Mon, October 29, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Red Sox cap stellar season, win 4th World Series in 15 years

Red Sox cap stellar season, win 4th World Series in 15 years

"Top to bottom, a complete team effort, " J.D. Martinez said of the Red Sox domination in October.

It's hard to be mad at Kinsler for trying to tag up and score the go-ahead run.

Steve Pearce, the third batter of the game, made sure the Red Sox got off to a good start when he homered on the first pitch he saw from Clayton Kershaw to drive in Andrew Benintendi and put two runs on the board. "And I've gone through a lot in my life or in my career to be here, and I couldn't be more thankful". That seemed to signal a momentum switch that carried over into the next night, when the Dodgers surged to a 4-0 cushion on Yasiel Puig's electrifying home run. Kinsler was able to snag it, but he lost his footing while trying to make the throw to first base, and the throw went wide of the bag.

Roberts responded, saying, "I don't know how many Dodger games he's watched".

To find the reasons truly responsible for this loss we need to look back to moments earlier in the game that prevented the Red Sox from escaping with a win before Eovaldi was pushed beyond his limits.

Hill wasn't the only player to take that stance. And if the Red Sox hitters could've scored more than two runs in 13 innings, Kinsler wouldn't have even been in that situation to begin with. He added with crafty trades like the one for Pearce (which included the Jays retaining US$1.5 million of his salary) and pitcher Nathan Eovaldi from the Rays.

Joe Kelly struck out three straight pinch hitters and Sale, originally scheduled to start Game 5, fanned three more in the ninth. Hill was eventually charged with an earned run allowed by the bullpen.

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After a scoreless fifth, the Red Sox' stars finally woke up.

All in all, the game was there for the Red Sox to win.

"It kind of took a big hit from one of our guys to get everyone going, and obviously that was Mitch Moreland tonight", infielder Brock Holt said.

And just like 2017, the Dodgers were left with nothing after playing on the season's final day.

Jansen struggled against Houston a year ago in the World Series, too.

The Boston Red Sox left-hander put to bed any questions about his ability to perform in the playoffs during Boston's run to the World Series title.

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