Chris Sale comes out of the bullpen and K’s Manny Machado to clinch it. (2018, Game 5)
The long ball was the story of the Boston Red Sox offense this night. Steve Pearce (2), Mookie Betts, and J.D. Martinez all went deep for the Old Town Team, and on the mound, starter David Price dazzled to the tune of 7 IP, 1 run on 3 hits.
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Joe Kelly then struck out the side in the eighth, but instead of calling on closer Craig Kimbrel and his 5.91 post-season ERA in the ninth, manager Alex Cora decided to go with lanky lefty Chris Sale.
Sale struck out all three batters he faced, ending the game by sending Manny Machado, quite literally to his knees.
Here is what the tall, lanky lefty said following the thrilling World Series clincher, via MLB.com:
"“It was so surreal. I throw a pitch, next thing I know I got [Vazquez] in my arms and just the first thought of being a World Series champ ran through my mind. It was unbelievable.”"
And it was an unbelievable feeling and moment for Boston Red Sox fans everywhere.