Once again, Uehara closes with a flourish

Once again, Uehara closes with a flourish
October 30, 2013, 11:45 pm
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BOSTON -- There wasn't any question how Koji Uehara was going to end the World Series, was there?

He ended the ALDS by striking out Evan Longoria. He ended the ALCS by striking out Jose Iglesias. So when Matt Carpenter fouled off the 2-and-1 pitch, any doubt what was next?

It took two more foul balls, but Uehara finally got Carpenter with an 81-mph splitter for a swinging strike three. And that finished the Red Sox' 6-1 victory over the Cardinals, a victory that completed the ultimate worst-to-first journey.

"I still feel that I'm in a dream," Uehara said after the game through his interpreter.

And why not? Uehara's postseason line was something out of a dream: Thirteen games, 13 2/3 innings, 7 hits, 1 run -- the game-losing home to Jose Lobaton in Game 3 of the ALDS -- 0 walks, 16 strikeouts, 0.66 ERA.

At least this time he had a different feeling than he did at the end of the ALCS.

"Last time, I almost threw up," he said, referring to his classic quote after the ALCS. "This time, I almost cried."