It was also quite the turnaround on the season for Pearce, who played in just 26 games with the Blue Jays before being traded, and then ultimately ended up hitting in the middle of the lineup for the World Series champs, while contributing even more on offence than Mookie Betts or J.D. Indeed, the Dodgers seemed to be affected by one of the most debilitating defeats in franchise history the night before, when the Red Sox surmounted a four-run deficit with eight runs in the final three innings of Game 4.
Red Sox coach Alex Cora became the first manager from Puerto Rico to guide a team to the title and just the fifth rookie manager to win a World Series.
The Red Sox, after winning a franchise record and Major League Baseball best 108 games during the regular season, carried their domination all the way to the World Series and overwhelmed the Dodgers.
"This has been a lifelong journey and to be here right now is a dream come true", the 35-year-old said.
The Red Sox and Dodgers are set to play Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday night. Kershaw threw 41 pitches in the first three innings and Boston starter David Price threw 47. "And I've gone through a lot in my life or in my career to be here, and I couldn't be more thankful".
In Saturday night's Game 4, Machado stepped on Steve Pearce's heel as he was running through first base. I think that kind of lit a fire under everybody. "I tried to keep it at two and then homers got me at the end". Dave Roberts, the Dodgers' manager, has been maligned for his deployment of his bullpen, but perhaps it appeared as if he struggled to pull the right strings because there were no strings to pull. I have no idea, " Boston's president of baseball operations said on the infield. - Boston's ace on the mound, Chris Sale and L.A.'s Clayton Kershaw. Houston won last year's World Series here in seven games. He started off well: he had three home runs and nine RBIs in the first five of those games, through Game 1 of the NLCS.
The Red Sox did more than just talk it. "And then the bench, it was incredible, they had the best utility guy in the bigs in 2007", Cora said with a playful grin Sunday.
That all came after he started Game 2 and pitched in relief in Game 3.
"Every time David takes the ball there's no doubt in our mind", teammate Rick Porcello said amid the wet and wild clubhouse celebration.