World Series 2018 @ The Red Sox rallied late in Game 4 of the World Series to walk away with a 9-6 victory over the Dodgers, but there was more to Boston’s rebound than just playing better.
Pitcher Chris Sale delivered a fiery speech while the Red Sox were down 4-0 in the seventh inning, which pulled Boston out of its rut and ultimately led to the Red Sox taking a 3-1 lead in the series.
Boston holds a 3-1 series lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers after its come-from-behind victory in Game 4.
Given the way the series has played out, Game 5 should produce a new set of unexpected twists, with the first being David Price earning the start instead of Chris Sale for the Red Sox.
The Boston Red Sox can clinch their fourth World Series title since 2004 Sunday night at Dodger Stadium.
Third baseman Rafael Devers echoed a similar sentiment as Holt, saying Sale’s speech was uncharacteristic and a turning point for Boston.
World Series 2018: Game 5 Information
Start Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
Live Stream: Fox Sports app or Fox Sports Go
How Can Dodgers Rebound From Brutal Loss?
The final three innings of Game 4 were littered with bad decisions by Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.
Scott Alexander, who replaced Hill, walked Xander Bogaerts and Ryan Madson gave up a three-run home run to Mitch Moreland that ignited the Boston comeback.
Roberts’ decision to pull Hill looked even worse in the eighth and ninth innings, as Kenley Jansen gave up the game-winning home run and the combination of Dylan Floro, Alex Wood and Kenta Maeda struggled in the ninth.
Up until Saturday night, we expected Sale to be the Game 5 starter for the Red Sox, but Cora unveiled Price as the man for the job after the Game 4 victory.
As much as the Red Sox would love to close out the series at Dodger Stadium with Sale on the hill, Cora is making the right decision by going with Price.
With only two true days of rest under his belt, Price could struggle early and force Cora to use his already-extended bullpen as early as the third or fourth inning to limit the runs produced by the home side.
An 18-inning loss in Game 3 of the World Series couldn’t wear out the Boston Red Sox. A four-run deficit late in Game 4 definitely didn’t faze them.
This plucky powerhouse just kept getting big hits to move to the brink of another championship.