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Praise continues to pour in for Nathan Eovaldi after gritty Game 3 effort in relief

John Tomase
October 27, 2018 - 7:14 pm

The plaudits continue pouring in for Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, just hours after he delivered six shutout innings of relief in Game 3 of the World Series vs. the Dodgers before surrendering a walk-off homer to Max Muncy in the 18th inning.

Players and coaches on both sides saluted Eovaldi’s effort, which included 97 pitches even after he tossed an inning in both Games 1 and 2.

“I don't know if there's anybody that's ever done what he's done, given the scenario,” said Red Sox starter Chris Sale. “We're in Game 1, Game 2 and Game 3 of the World Series, freezing cold weather in Boston, worse the second night than the first night. And then we have a six-hour travel day, where there's not a whole lot of movement. And then he threw seven innings in the most high-leverage game of the year. Check the book, I don't know, but that's incredible by any standard. I don't care who you are, what you've seen, that's impressive.”

Meanwhile, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts – no stranger to postseason heroics – invoked some great names in history.

“I appreciate everything about what he did last night,” Roberts said. “I'm on the other side, but I'm a baseball fan, I'm a sports fan. And when you see people like that perform at the highest level and to stay focused, appreciating that that was three out of four for him, to go 90-plus pitches, hold his stuff, use his mix, and take three at-bats I think last night and still keep going and give his team a chance to win, those are moments that don't come by very often.

“I think one of our players mentioned it, in recent memory, what (Madison) Bumgarner did in the World Series. And obviously you can talk about Sandy Koufax, who was there last night, and guys like that who did it more often as far as kind of pitching three games. But in recent times it just doesn't happen. And so it was pretty special.”

Sale sought a stronger adjective.

“That was nothing short of incredible,” he said. “What he did last night I think picked us up as a team. Same thing with DP (David Price), same thing with (Eduardo Nunez). I don't know if Nate's ever thrown back-to-back days in his career. And then to come out after one day off, throwing back-to-back days to throw into the seventh inning of a game that was high leverage, high intensity, that's everything you want in a ballplayer and a teammate. He picked us up big time last night. And obviously he's our veteran, but I'll never forget what he did.”