It is hard to suffer a more heartbreaking loss than the Los Angeles Dodgers did in Game 4 of the World Series, leading 4-0 in the seventh inning and then giving up nine runs to the Boston Red Sox to fall, 9-6.
The collapse came at possibly the worst time as the Dodgers must now beat the Red Sox three straight times or they will lose in the World Series for the second consecutive season.
This would not be the first time a team has come back from a 3-1 deficit though, and Manny Machado is not giving up faith that the Dodgers can do it. “It’s a tough loss. That’s part of baseball. We’ve still got a lot of energy left and we’re still positive we can come back in this,” he said in the clubhouse.
Machado knows that before the Dodgers can win three games, they must first remain alive at Dodger Stadium. “We’ve got to get the win [Sunday], which is definitely a must-win at this point. Then we’ll take it back to Boston and flip the coin.”
Nothing has come easy for this Dodgers team in 2018 after starting out 16-26 and having to fight all year just to make the postseason. Machado knows everything they have been through together and all the obstacles they have had to overcome just to be in this position, playing in the Fall Classic.
“We’ve been grinding every day. We’ve been grinding all year,” he said. “We’ve been with our backs against the wall before. Leave it on the field these next three games. It’s been done before. We’ve got to stay positive. We know what type of team we have.
“I believe in everybody in here that we can do it. If there’s a team that can come back, 3-1, it’s definitely us.”
Machado wasn’t alone in voicing confidence despite the daunting reality the Dodgers face. “It’s not over until it’s over,” Kenley Jansen said after blowing a second consecutive save.
“We’ve been playing like this the whole year; being from behind. We know the Red Sox are a pretty good team. We’ve just got to go out there and compete.”
Rich Hill added: “You’ve got to give credit to Boston. They came back. It’s just a really, really difficult loss. But we’re still not out. We do have an uphill battle but we’ve shown we’re a team with lot of fight. I like our chances, I really do, to win three in a row. I think this team is built for it. We have the lineup to do it, and pitching staff.”
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