Koji Uehara continues his incredible run
When closers Joel Hanrahan and Andrew Bailey both went down with season-ending injuries by mid-June, it looked as though the Red Sox’ back-of-the-bullpen strength was lost. But in came Koji Uehara, who went on one of the greatest four-month runs of any pitcher in history. Heading into the World Series, with the rest of the bullpen somewhat shaky, John Farrell knew he could still rely on Uehara to get the Red Sox out of tough spots.
Uehara made five appearances in the World Series, allowing just two hits and no runs in 4.2 innings of work. He struck out three and recorded two big saves, both on the road in Games 4 and 5. With the Sox leading, 6-1, heading into the ninth inning of Game 6, there was no question whom Farrell was going to bring into the game to finish off the Cardinals. Uehara got two fly outs and struck out the final batter to give the Red Sox their third World Series championship in 10 years.