Koji Uehara's game-ending pickoff in Game 4
After Jonny Gomes’s three-run home run and a shutout eighth inning by surprise reliever John Lackey, the Red Sox held a 4-2 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth. As he has done since June, John Farrell brought in Koji Uehara to close out the game. After Daniel Descalso grounded out to second base, pinch hitter Allen Craig hit a deep fly ball over Daniel Nava’s head in right field. Craig, however, was hampered by a severe foot injury the entire series and could only hobble to first base; he was then lifted for pinch runner Kolten Wong.
Once he got the second out, with Matt Carpenter popping to second base, Uehara faced Carlos Beltran, statistically one of the greatest hitters in postseason history. After running the count to 1-and-1 on Beltran, Uehara surprised everyone—including the Fox camera operators—by throwing over to first base to check on the runner. Wong had gotten a bit too far off and was caught mid-step as Uehara threw back to first, picking him off and leaving Beltran standing in the batter’s box while the Red Sox celebrated. It was the first time in postseason history that a game ended on a pickoff.