BOSTON - I thought about potentially including game three of the World Series on this list, but it just did not feel right to include a game where a Boston team lost on the ranking. Despite the heroics of Nathan Eovaldi and the back and forth nature of the longest game in World Series history, the Los Angeles Dodgers did prove victorious. However, the energy that came from the game extended deep into the fourth game of the World Series, which was a matchup to remember forever.
Coming off of one of the most demoralizing losses you'd ever see for a team in a championship series, the Boston Red Sox seemed exhausted and dead in the water when the game began. Trusting Eduardo Rodriguez on the mound, he single-handedly kept the Sox in the game by pitching an absolute gem of a game that took him into the sixth inning with six strikeouts and no runs allowed. Then, Cody Bellinger grounded out, allowing one run to score for the Dodgers. Then, Yasiel Puig stepped up and clobbered a home run to make it 4-0 for the Dodgers. The lead felt insurmountable and Puig acted like the series had been clinched.
But then Chris Sale freaked out in the dugout and gave a "motivational" speech that seemed to light a fire under the Sox. In the very next inning, Boston answered right back. With Xander Bogaerts and Brock Holt on base, Mitch Moreland entered the game as a pinch hitter and slapped a three-run home run to right field to make the game 4-3. In the eighth, a Steve Pearce solo shot evened the score entirely. Momentum belonged to Boston.
In the ninth inning, Rafael Devers singled home Holt before Pearce stepped up for a bases-clearing double that scored Devers, Mookie Betts, and Andrew Benintendi. A Bogaerts single was the cherry on top. The Dodgers would score a few more runs, but it was not enough. The Sox had won 9-6 in thrilling, come from behind fashion.
What's more than just the epic nature of the game, it also ended up sealing the World Series victory for the Sox. Yes, the Dodgers were technically only down one game to three to Boston, but it was clear that the momentum and ability were on the side of the Red Sox. There was no chance they'd lose the World Series after that. In game five, Boston put it aways with a Chris Sale punchout of Manny Machado that still plays on a loop in my brain. For the second World Series title of the decade for the Red Sox, game four was the pivotal factor!
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