Boston’s seven-run comeback was the second-largest in postseason history according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
The Chicago Cubs – of course – blew an 8-0 lead in Game 4 of the 1929 World Series and lost 10-8 to the Philadelphia A’s.
Now this series gets very interesting. It’ll be James Shields against Josh Beckett in Game 6 and Matt Garza against Jon Lester if there is a Game 7. These next two days will be a big test for Joe Maddon to get his team ready to play again. Terry Francona is playing with house money now.
“I don’t think it’ll be that tough actually,” Maddon said. “Again, its one game. It’s a loss. Obviously we’re in a pretty good position to move on. … If you dwell on something like that and you permit your mind to dwell in that negative mode, than nothing good can happen after that.”
Said Francona: “I’ve never seen a group so happy to get on a plane at 1:30 in the morning in my life.”
This game does reinforce the idea that you need set bullpen roles. The Rays were crying for a closer tonight and nobody was there at the end.