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ninth World Series championship with a 9-6 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 4 at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night.Following a record-setting 18-inning battle in Game 3 (a 3-2 Los Angeles victory) on Friday night http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-paul-konerko-jersey , all eyes were on the starting pitchers. Rich Hill started for the Dodgers and threw 6.1 innings of one-hit, one-run baseball, striking out seven. After recording one out on six pitches in Game 3, Eduardo Rodriguez took the ball for the Red Sox, allowing four runs in 5.2 innings.Steve Pearce was the star of the night, going 2-for-4 with a walk and four RBI.Mitch Moreland sparked the Boston offense with a pinch-hit three-run homer in the top of the seventh, with Pearce tying the game with a solo shot in the eighth. Pinch hitter Rafael Devers delivered the go-ahead RBI single in the ninth.Yasiel Puig and Kike Hernandez each went yard for Los Angeles.Steve Pearce Showing Off as Boston's Most Underrated AdditionWhen Boston acquired Pearce in a deal back in June, it was a move that likely didn't land on many people's radar.However, Pearce is certainly grabbing everyone's attention now.The 35-year-old journeyman was solid for the Red Sox down the stretch, hitting .279/.394/.507 with seven home runs, eight doubles and 26 RBI in 50 games following the midseason trade.Pearce carried that momentum into the postseason, recording hits in six of his first seven appearances, reaching base in all seven. Although he had cooled off as of late, manager Alex Cora stuck with him and penciled him into the 3-hole for Game 4.That proved to be a brilliant decision.While it took a pinch-hit home run by Moreland in the seventh to wake up the Red Sox's bats, Pearce wound up stealing the spotlight. First, there was his game-tying homer in the eighth off All-Star closer Kenley Jansen:Boston Red Sox RedSoxPearced! 馃挜#DoDamage ANzrDsf1BnThen, the first baseman did more damage by breaking the game open with a bases-clearing double an inning later:Boston Red Sox RedSoxSteve Pearce, at your service. #DoDamage Cu2QDk0dHVThat big night resulted in some history, per MLB Stat of the Day:MLB Stat of the Day MLBStatoftheDaySteve Pearce is the 3rd RedSox player ever to homer and drive in 4 in a #WorldSeries game (Yastrzemski, 1967; davidortiz, 2004). NUKJEyukC8Not bad for someone who was held hitless through the first three games of the series.Offseason signing J.D. Martinez certainly played a role in getting Boston to the World Series Miguel Gonzalez Jersey , but it was Pearce who delivered the biggest performance of the season for the Red Sox.Rich Hill Justifies Dave Roberts' Decision to Give Him Game 4 StartFollowing the Game 3 marathon on Friday night, Los Angeles skipper Dave Roberts was rethinking who would get the start in Game 4, going as far as calling Saturday's starter "TBD."Roberts had toyed with the idea of an unconventional approach, using an "opener" rather than a traditional starter. However, he decided to give Hill the nod after a conversation with the veteran southpaw."We were just kind of just potentially toying with the idea of an opener, and just kind of wanted to leave it open-ended," Roberts said on Saturday afternoon, according to Matt Vautour of MassLive.com. "And just after more conversation and thought, just feel great about Rich starting and going through his normal routine."Well, Hill made his manager look very wise by delivering a gem.The 38-year-old left-hander, whose injuries have made it tough to rely on him throughout his career, continued to shine on the World Series stage. After allowing just two total runs in two starts (spanning 8.2 innings) against the Houston Astros in last year's fall classic, Hill was on top of his game from the very start on this night.Hill took a no-hitter into the fifth inning before finally allowing a single to catcher Christian Vazquez. What makes that feat even more impressive is the fact that he had little room for error, as Rodriguez was matching him pitch for pitch, keeping the Dodgers off the board through the front five.Even though starter Walker Buehler gave Los Angeles seven innings in Game 3, the bullpen still had to cover 11 innings on Friday night, with four relievers, including Jansen and Pedro Baez, going more than one frame. That type of workload had the potential to impact the game plan in Game 4鈥攂ut Hill helped make Roberts' job much easier by delivering 6.1 strong innings.Not only did he give his team a chance to win Game 4, but eating innings was also key after Game 3. Then again, it appeared he could have gone longer Tim Anderson Jersey , being yanked while cruising with 91 pitches.Roberts and the Dodgers needed a good outing from Hill on Saturday, and he delivered more than they could have hoped for. Ultimately, a quick hook may have cost the Dodgers the game...and ultimately a World Series.Dave Roberts Must Trust Bullpen Beyond Jansen to Win SeriesFriday night's marathon likely affected the way both Cora and Roberts managed Game 4.It may have been the reason Cora tried to ride Rodriguez, who hadn't thrown more than 44 pitches in a game since Sept. 20, until the wheels fell off as the result of the bullpen throwing 12.1 innings the night before. That ultimately proved costly, as a scoreless game became a 4-0 Los Angeles lead in the blink of an eye.For Roberts, his bullpen management the last two games may have contributed to Game 4's loss.Saturday marked the second consecutive day in which Roberts turned to Jansen to try to close out a victory by getting the final six outs. It didn't work in Game 3, and it didn't work in Game 4. However, the latest blown save could have been impacted by his workload on the previous night.It's tough to extend a closer on back-to-back games like this鈥攅specially when he's not used to that kind of workload.Jansen reached the 30-pitch plateau just once during the regular season and never topped it. He has thrown 30-plus pitches twice in his past five appearances and may have made it three times had he been able to get through the eighth unscathed.In fact, he never was asked to throw multiple innings on back-to-back days at all this season.Nobody can blame Roberts for putting games on the arm of his best reliever. After all, this is a pitcher who has 268 career regular-season saves, making three All-Star teams and finishing fifth in Cy Young voting a season ago. But at some point, a manager has to be able to put his trust his setup relievers to bridge the gap.Let's not forget the Dodgers bullpen ranked second in all of baseball, first in the NL, with a 3.38 ERA during the regular season. Injuries certainly played a role throughout the season, but as a unit, there weren't many better.To be fair, Roberts did show faith in his bullpen in Game 4. He turned to Scott Alexander at the first sign of trouble, even though Hill had thrown "just" 91 pitches in 6.1 innings. That combined with the decision to go with midseason acquisition Ryan Madson one batter later proved costly, as the duo allowed a 4-0 lead to be cut down to just one.At that point, Roberts called on his No. 1 reliever to try to slam the door shut to even the series. Unfortunately for the Dodgers http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-paul-konerko-jersey , Jansen blew his second save in as many nights after blowing just four during the regular season.Would Los Angeles have won had Roberts used someone other than Jansen in the eighth? That's impossible to say, especially since all six relievers he called on in the final 2.2 innings allowed at least one run. Perhaps that was the result of Friday's 18-inning marathon.Regardless, Roberts can't be asking Jansen to go multiple innings in high-stress situations on back-to-back days when that's just something he isn't used to. After the last two days, it's not clear what Jansen's availability for Sunday's Game 5 will be. And that could loom large if the Dodgers have a lead late in the game.What's NextThe Red Sox will have their first opportunity to clinch the 2018 World Series in Game 5 at Dodger Stadium on Sunday night, with first pitch scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET. The Dodgers must win to keep their season alive and send the series back to Boston.Probable pitchers: David Price (Boston) vs. Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles) CHICAGO (AP) — Nothing seems to bother two-way star Shohei Ohtani at the plate.Not bad news. Not a hard-throwing, up-and-coming left-hander.Ohtani homered for the third straight game after learning he will probably need Tommy John surgery, launching a three-run shot to cap the Los Angeles Angels‘ four-run third inning in a 5-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.Shut down as a pitcher because of the right elbow problem, the left-handed hitting Ohtani smacked his 19th homer of the season of Carlos Rodon to break a tie with Kenji Johjima for the most by a Japanese rookie in the majors. It was Ohtani’s second home run this season off a lefty.“The more at-bats I get, the more comfortable I feel, the better I see the ball,” Ohtani said through a translator. “It’s just seeing a lot of pitches over and over.”“He’s been swinging the bat well against righties, lefties anybody in the last week,” manager Mike Scioscia said.Ohtani, in the lineup as the designated hitter, has four homers in his last three games. Before the game against the White Sox, Ohtani said he plans to finish the season as the DH and hasn’t decided yet if he’ll have Tommy John surgery.“He’s got some big decisions coming up when we get to Southern California,” Scioscia said. “But he wants to play baseball and he’s excited to be in there to swing the bat.”Fellow slugger Mike Trout is impressed.“When got injured on one thing, he can do another,” Trout said. “It’s pretty amazing. He could easily shut the season down, but he wants to finish out strong and he’s worked hard in the (batting) cage and just in general coming to the field.”Andrelton Simmons added a solo shot in the seventh, and Felix Pena pitched seven strong innings to help the Angels win for the third time in their last four. Pena (2-4) allowed two runs while scattering seven hits and walking none. The righty fanned six.“Felix was terrific Welington Castillo Jersey , everything you look for in a starter,” Scioscia said.Avisail Garcia hit a solo shot as Chicago’s DH after missing four games with a sore right knee. Omar Narvaez drove in a run with a single.Rodon (6-5) lasted just 4 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on six hits and five walks. It was the left-hander’s second straight rocky outing following a run of nine straight quality starts when he was 5-0 with a 1.84 ERA.“The first inning went pretty good, Rodon said. “Wish the whole game went that way but just no feel for nothing.”Garcia homered to center to lead off the second and give Chicago a 1-0 lead.The Angels capitalized on Rodon’s wildness in the third. Rodon walked Kole Calhoun and David Fletcher, and then hit Mike Trout with a pitch to load the bases.Justin Upton hit a sac fly to center to plate the Angels first run, then Ohtani drove Rodon’s 2-0 pitch just over the center field fence as Adam Engel jumped high and narrowly missed catching it.The White Sox cut it to 4-2 in the fourth when Narvaez singled in a run. Simmons homered to left-center off Aaron Bummer in the seventh.Jose Alvarez pitched a scoreless eight and Ty Buttrey tossed a perfect ninth for his first career save.DIMMED PROSPECTThe White Sox learned Friday that top pitching prospect Michael Kopech has an injured right elbow and probably will need Tommy John surgery that will cause him to be sidelined through the 2019 season.GM Rick Hahn expects the 22-year-old right-hander to be ready for spring training in 2020.Kopech was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte on Aug. 21 and made four starts with the White Sox, going 1-1 with a 5.02 ERA. Two of the right-hander’s first three starts were shortened by rain, but the 6-foot-3 Kopech was impressive in all three, allowing just one run in 11 innings.Before his last start, Wednesday against Detroit, Kopech had trouble getting loose during his warmups. He allowed seven runs on nine hits in 3 1/3 innings in in the loss, then reported discomfort in his arm to the team Thursday.TRAINER’S ROOM:Angels: CF Trout was back in the lineup after missing Wednesday’s game at Texas to rest his right leg. Trout was hit by a pitch in the calf on Tuesday. He was hit again (on the arm) on Friday and was walked twice intentionally. … Upton (concussion) also returned Friday. He’d been out since Sept. 1 after colliding with Simmons in the field.White Sox: Kopech was surprised to learn that he had a significant tear in the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow, leading to the Tommy John surgery recommendation. … Garcia is usually the White Sox right fielder. He’s expected to have knee surgery after the season. “We’re going to do everything we can, whatever we have to do, to spell him and just keep him off his legs as much as possible,” manager Rick Renteria saidUP NEXT:Angels: RHP Matt Shoemaker (1-0, 2.53) faces White Sox RHP James Shields (6-15, 4.39) on Saturday.
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