Yes, the Red Sox have won two other World Series in the last decade but neither of them were clinched at home inside the confines of one of the last temples of baseball, Fenway Park, until Wednesday night. With a, 6-1, victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in game six the Boston Red Sox are the World Series champions.
Once again as he has done countless times this season Red Sox starter John Lackey was magnificent at Fenway Park. He surrendered just one run in 6.2 innings as he scattered nine hits.
Lackey completed his comeback story with a perfect ending. He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2011 and missed all of the 2012 season but came back this season to become an integral part of the Red Sox starting rotation.
Red Sox first baseman and designated hitter David Ortiz was a dominate force like few before him in this World Series. Ortiz went 11 for 16 with two home runs and six RBIs against the Cardinals. In game six the Cardinals pitchers walked Ortiz four times but it still wasn’t enough to prevent the Red Sox’s lineup from beating up the Cardinals pitching staff.
For his efforts Ortiz earned the World Series MVP and formally etched his place in postseason history. His grand slam in game two of the ALCS against Detroit turned around a series that was on the verge of slipping away for the Red Sox.
Red Sox right fielder, Shane Victorino, who was returning after a two game absence due to a sore lower back, took full advantage of being moved to the sixth spot in their lineup for game six. He was 2 for 3 with four RBIs and a walk including a bases clearing three run triple in the third inning.
Cardinals rookie sensation Michael Wacha simply ran out of tricks against the very patient Red Sox lineup. He lasted only 3.2 innings and was credited with giving up all six of the Red Sox runs in game six.
With the game slipping away from them in the fourth inning and trailing 4-0 Cardinals manager Mike Matheny chose game four starter Lance Lynn to come in and try and put out the fire. Instead Lynn gave up two hits and the Cardinals were now down 6-0.
It’s difficult to understand the logic when a team is faced with their season and dreams of a World Series title fading that Matheny would turn to Lynn instead of bringing in either flame throwing relievers Carlos Martinez or Trevor Rosenthal.
There was no tomorrow to play for if the Cardinals didn’t win game six. Instead Martinez was brought in to pitch during the sixth inning after the Red Sox had scored plenty of runs to clinch their first Wolrd Series at home since 1918.
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