The Los Angeles Dodgers scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on Saturday in Game 4 of the World Series. And pitcher Rich Hill, even at 38 years of age, was dealing a whale of a game. They led 4-0 and they looked like they were just nine outs away from evening it up at two games apiece. But, as so many managers say nowadays, you have to get 27 outs. That’s the name of the game, and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts chose to pull Hill when trouble started to brew in the seventh inning. That’s when the Red Sox explosion finally came. Hill hadn’t allowed the big names to so much as reach second base. But the bullpen would…
Paced by Steve Pearce, and certainly aided by a knackered and out-of-place bullpen display, the Red Sox came back from the brink. Pearce helped tie the game in the eighth inning with a solo home run after Mitch Moreland’s three run shot in the inning before. It was now a tie game, and Pearce would be the one to break it open in the ninth as well, slamming a double that would plate three runs. They added another to go up 9-4, and despite a two run Dodgers rally, the Red Sox now find themselves up 3-1 and just one single game away from another World Series crown.
College football got quite a few answers on Saturday as to who could and who could not get into the playoffs. In the most anticipated match up of the weekend, the Georgia Bulldogs, fresh off a loss two weeks ago, defeated the Florida Gators 36-17 to eliminate the Gators from contention and remain in it. Jake Fromm showed why he’s remained their starter, and those cries to bench him were more than likely silenced. Elsewhere, Penn State won against Iowa in a 17 vs 18 showdown to end the Hawkeyes’ slight hopes. Texas’ hopes were dashed as they lost on the road at Oklahoma State 38-35 in a dramatic ending. Kentucky, yes Kentucky, remain in with a shot after a comeback 15-14 win at Missouri. Notre Dame won, and oh yeah, Florida State ‘quit’ in a 59-10 loss against Clemson that left Willie Taggart furious.
Elsewhere, LeBron James took himself to sixth place on the all-time NBA scoring list, passing Dirk Nowitzki in the process. James needed 21 points to accomplish the feat, and he ended up getting a season-high 35 in their loss to the Spurs. Dirk said he could break the all-time record if he keeps it up, but it really would take some doing from ‘King James’ to do so. He would need over three more seasons of 2,251 points per in order to take that crown.