Steve Pearce was born & raised in Lakeland, Florida, adjacent to Tampa Bay. A drive from Lakeland to Boston is 1,351 miles, and would take 21 hours without stopping. By virtue of his dad being a Mass native, Pearce grew up a diehard Red Sox fan. Ironically enough the Sox drafted him in the glorious year of 2004, but he opted to stay in school for one more year. The Pirates drafted him in the 8th round, eventually debuting in 2007 and bouncing around the league in six different uniforms.

Eleven years later Pearce is having the time of his life as he vies for his first time ever being on a World Series championship roster. Last night’s game where he had the late game heroics of a tying HR and bases loaded clearing double, were actually the first hits he has had since Oct 16 in Houston. Pearce’s solo homerun in the 6th inning gave the Sox the lead for good in Game 3. With tears in their eyes, his family is one win away from seeing him doing it as Boston Red Sox.

David Price takes the mound for the Red Sox. Pitching in his third game of the series, second start, Price is taking the monkey off as his back with the chance to secure a World Series title. If he pitches well and has a W tonight, the case could be made for him to get the World Series MVP trophy. But if Eovaldi is the last pitcher on the mound tonight, how can you not give the award to him. After having two rough starts to the 2018 postseason, Price has been nothing but nails since.

3 games (2 starts) — (2-0, 1.48 ERA)

12.2 innings, 7 Hits, 2 Runs, 4 Walks, 14 Ks

Clayton Kershaw takes the ball for the Dodgers, in what some are saying could be his final start at Dodgers Stadium in a Dodgers uniform. Kershaw has the ability to opt out this offseason, and there are rumblings that it’s not certain he will be back. Couple that with frustration over his last start, we very well might well see the Kershaw that pitched in Game 5 of the NLCS. He fired off seven innings of one run ball and struck out nine Brewers batters.

***stats include regular season and games pitched this series

David Price — Career vs Los Angeles Dodgers in 4 games (3 starts), 1-1 with a 2.47 ERA. Career at Dodger Stadium in 3 games (2 starts), 0-1 with a 2.21 ERA.

Los Angeles Dodgers:

Austin Barnes – 0 for 2, K

Cody Bellinger – 0 for 1

Brian Dozier – 9 for 41 (.220 avg) 4 Doubles, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs, 3 Walks, 7 Ks

David Freese – 2 for 5 (.400 avg) 2 Walks, K

Yasmani Grandal – 1 for 1 (1.000 avg) 3 Walks

Kike Hernandez – 0 for 4, RBI, Walk, 2 Ks

Matt Kemp – 0 for 2, RBI, K

Manny Machado – 13 for 44 (.295 avg) Double, 5 HRs, 8 RBIs, 2 Walks, 8 Ks

Max Muncy —–

Joc Pederson —–

Yasiel Puig – 2 for 6 (.333 avg) RBI

Chris Taylor – 0 for 6, 3 Walks, 3 Ks

Justin Turner – 1 for 6 (.167 avg) HR, RBI, K

Clayton Kershaw — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 1 start, 0-1 with an 11.25 ERA. Career at Dodger Stadium in 164 starts, 83-34 with a 2.08 ERA.

Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 3 for 3 (1.000 avg) RBI

Mookie Betts – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) Walk, K

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 0 for 2

Xander Bogaerts – 0 for 1, Walk

Rafael Devers – 0 for 1, Walk, K

Brock Holt —–

Ian Kinsler – 1 for 4 (.250 avg) Walk, 2 Ks

Sandy Leon – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) K

J.D. Martinez – 7 for 13 (.538 avg) 2 Doubles, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs, Walk, 2 Ks

Mitch Moreland —–

Eduardo Nunez – 2 for 12 (.167 avg) Double, 3 Ks

Steve Pearce – 1 for 4 (.250 avg) Double

Blake Swihart —–

Christian Vazquez —–