RED SOX 3, RAYS 1
ALDS Game 4 at Tropicana Field
Star of the Game: Closer Koji Uehara entered with two outs in the bottom of the eighth with the Red Sox ahead 2-1 and a runner at first. He got a huge strikeout of David DeJesus. He then shut the door in the ninth with a 1-2-3 inning, which included a strikeout of the always dangerous Evan Longoria to end the series.
What’s Next? Boston won the best-of-five ALDS 3-1 and advanced to the American League Championship Series for the first time since 2008. It will face the Athletics-Tigers winner. That will be decided Thursday in Oakland (8:07 p.m. start) with a decisive Game 5. Justin Verlander will pitch for Detroit vs. Bartolo Colon.
Bulldog Effort: Jake Peavy went 5.2 innings, allowing just a run (earned) on five hits and no walks while striking out three. He struggled in his only other two postseason starts back with San Diego when he was not completely healthy. He was removed at 74 pitches because of his splits against James Loney.
Stat of the Game: Peavy didn’t walk anyone, depriving America of watching him scream at himself.
How the Sox Scored: Boston tied it 1-1 in the seventh when Xander Bogaerts scored on a wild pitch. The Red Sox made it 2-1 when Jacoby Ellsbury scored on Shane Victorino’s infield single that inning. Boston made it 3-1 when Bogaerts scored on a Dustin Pedroia sac fly in the ninth.
Series MVP: A MVP award is not handed out in the divisional round, but if one was, it would have to go to both Shane Victorino and Jacoby Ellsbury. In the series, Victorino was 6 for 14 with three RBIs, two runs, one steal and two hard slides which broke up double plays and allowed the Red Sox to score both times. Ellsbury was 9 for 18 with seven runs, two doubles and four steals.
Series Unsung Hero: Craig Breslow pitched 3.2 scoreless innings of relief and struck out four. He earned the win last night.