There's nothing like a Game 7 at home. Let's take a trip through the last four game 7's at Fenway Park.
October 12, 1967
The Impossible Dream became a nightmare when Bob Gibson stepped onto the mound for game 7 of the '67 World Series. Gibson threw a 3-hit complete game, allowing only 2 runs. The Sox would manage to bring the game within 3 runs in the bottom of the 5th, but the Cardinals blew the lead open at the top of the 6th.
October 22, 1975
A day after Carlton Fisk hit what was quite possibly the most memorable home run in postseason history, the Sox dug in against Reds hurler Don Gullett. Gullett would give up the lead in the third, with the Sox jumping ahead 3-0. The Reds would tie the game in the 7th, and eventually take the win on a Joe Morgan single in the 9th.
October 15th, 1986
Down 3 games to one to the California Angels, the '86 Sox went on to win games 5 and 6 to force a decisive game 7 at Fenway. Young gun Roger Clemens would hold the Angels to only 4 hits and one run across 7 stellar innings. Calvin Schiraldi closed out the last 6 batters, sending the Sox to the World Series.
October 21st, 2007
Like the '86 Sox, the '07 club was down 3-1 in the ALCS, and won games 5 and 6 to force a game 7. Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka had been shaky in every playoff start up to that point. Indians pitcher Jake Westbrook looked solid in his game 4 start. The Sox would make the first move, scoring on a Manny Ramirez single in the first, and on a Julio Lugo double play in the second. Mike Lowell would drive in a run on a sac fly in the third. The Indians answered with runs in the 4th and 5th innings, and Matsuzaka's night ended. Hideki Okajima would throw scoreless 6th and 7th innings.
In the bottom of the 7th, Dustin Pedroia hit a David-Ortiz-esque rocket over the left field wall. With a 5-3 lead, Jonathan Papelbon would take the ball for the rest of the game. The Sox followed Papelbon's first inning with an offensive explosion. JD Drew, Pedroia, and Youkilis would drive in a collective 6 runs to put the nail in the coffin. Papelbon gave up a leadoff single too begin the 9th, but induced a lineout and two flyouts to punch Boston's ticket to the World Series.
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