If Junichi Tazawa needed a reminder of how crucial the moment was in the eighth inning of the Red Sox Division Series-clinching win over the Rays, all he had to do was look to his right.
The Red Sox had just rallied to go up by a run on the Rays, and manager John Farrell needed his relievers to make sure that lead held up.
Farrell, who had been playing a high-stakes strategy game with Rays manager Joe Maddon all series, had Tazawa up and throwing, just waiting on the right matchup.
But on the mound next to Tazawa, Koji Uehara was starting to get loose.
Tazawa was brought in with one out to face Matt Joyce, and fanned him on five pitches.
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