Xander Bogaerts's RBI single in Game 3
After the Red Sox came back to tie Game 3 at 2-2 with a run in the top of the sixth, the Cardinals looked to put the game on ice after Matt Holliday hit a two-run double in the bottom of the seventh for a 4-2 lead. In the top of the eighth, the Red Sox made it 4-3 on a one-out fielder’s choice by Daniel Nava that scored Shane Victorino. With two outs, and shutdown closer Trevor Rosenthal on the mound, it looked like the rally would end there, as rookie Xander Bogaerts stepped into the batter’s box.
Bogaerts, who wasn’t called up to Boston until late August, showed incredible poise during the playoffs, and was cool and collected in this high-pressure situation. After working a 1-and-1 count from Rosenthal, Bogaerts didn’t try to do too much and hit a ground-ball single up the middle to score Victorino and tie the game, 4-4. The Red Sox would end up losing on a controversial interference call on Will Middlebrooks with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. But, despite losing the game, the Red Sox knew they could rally at any point and, as the 21-year-old Bogaerts showed, with any player at the plate.