World Series 2018: Dodgers’ Dave Roberts explains why he pulled Rich Hill in Game 4

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts made a questionable decision to take out starter Rich Hill in the seventh inning of Saturday’s Game 4 of the World Series — but Roberts had an explanation for it. 

Roberts pulled Hill with one out and the Dodgers leading the Red Sox 4-0. The Sox went on to score nine runs against LA’s relief corps and win Game 4 of the World Series, 9-6.

After the loss, Roberts explained a conversation he had with Hill before pulling the starter. The left-hander told Roberts that he was concerned he wouldn’t be able to hold up for much longer.

“I had a conversation with Rich, and we talked about it,” Roberts told reporters. “He said, ‘Keep an eye on me. I’m going to give it everything I have. Let’s go hitter to hitter and just keep an eye on me.’ So right there, I know Rich did everything he could, competed, left everything out there.”

When asked how rare it was to hear Hill tell him something like that, Roberts said it was unusual but the Dodgers knew Hill did everything he could to help the team.

“I’ve never heard it,” Roberts said. “You’re talking about a World Series game where there’s no margin up to that point, and there’s a lot of emotions, intensity, effort, focus, and he did everything. He did everything to put us in a position to win a baseball game. And, again, we’ve got to do a better job of picking him up.”

Hill confirmed the conversation he had with Roberts and was asked if he was disappointed he couldn’t stay in the game longer.

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“Everybody wants that chance,” Hill said. “But the moves that we’ve made all year have worked out. We wouldn’t have been in this position if we weren’t doing that. Unfortunately it didn’t fall in our favor tonight.”

The Red Sox lead the series 3-1 with Game 5 scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET.

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