The last time the Boston Red Sox clinched the World Series at Fenway Park was in 1918, after clinching the 2004 and 2007 World Series' in Colorado and St. Louis, respectivelly. This was their third championship in ten seasons, showing that they can be a force throughout an extended amount of time. The Cardinals should not worry, however, as they have great young pitching and are bound to be back.
Young pitching is exactly what it states, young, inexperienced pitchers. And, sometimes, a fountain of youth cannot always beat the best veterans. That's what happened in game six. The Cardinals were starting Michael Wacha, who had been brilliant in the postseason, with 27 innings pitched and only allowing three runs. The Red Sox just got to him. In the bottom of the third, Shane Victorino came up with the bases loaded, and delievered. He hit a three-run double of Wacha, tagging the Red Sox an early 3-0 lead. A Stephen Drew homer, and two more RBI Singles (Napoli and Victorino) gave the Red Sox a 6-0 lead. That was a huge reason for this win; being able to get to Wacha early and often.
John Lackey pitched great, getting the win in his second career World Series clincher, pitching the 2002 and now 2013 World Series clinchers. Lackey pitched 6.2 innings, allowing one run on a Beltran RBI Single, and allowing nine hits. The Red Sox bullpen pitched the rest of the game, not allowing a base-hit.
David Ortiz won MVP of the 2013 World Series, hitting 11-for-16 (.668) with 2 HR and 6 RBI. He played a huge role once again in the World Series providing the pop the Red Sox needed in the series. In game six, Ortiz went 0-for-1 with four walks, and two runs scored. His fantastic play really gave the Red Sox a huge advantage.
All in all, the Red Sox and Cardinals played a great series, a series that will be remembered for a very long time. Every game held its own theme and did a good job keep these fans engaged. I predicted the Red Sox to win this series in seven games, but from a baseball fan's perspective, this was a very good series and one that was very unique and very special.
The Boston Red Sox were in a hole down 2-1 heading in to game four. They not only climbed out of it, they shoved the St. Louis Cardinals into it, with a 3-1 victory over them in game five, giving them a 3-2 lead in the series. They look to take the series in game six or game seven, as the Red Sox have played very well over these past two games. And, they look to continue that.
Jon Lester was phenonimal. He pitched 7 2/3 innings of one run ball, lowering his postseason ERA to 2.11. Lester allowed a solo shot to left in the fourth, when Matt Holliday went yard out that way. Besides that one pitch, Lester pitched very well, allowing only four hits, and striking out seven. Pitching the final 1 1/3 was Koji Uehara, who threw fifteen easy pitches, striking out two, and allowing no hits for the save.
Adam Wainwright was pitching stride for stride with Lester, pitching seven innings, but allowing eight hits, and striking out ten. David Ortiz doubled to right to give the Red Sox the early 1-0 lead in the first and David Ross drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh, with a ground-rule RBI Double to give them the 2-1 lead. Jacoby Ellsbury added the final RBI, singling in the seventh to give them their third and final run.
The series goes back to Boston. The Red Sox and Cardinals have two games to decide the 2013 World Series, and the Red Sox lead 3-2. The Cardinals need to play very good baseball if they want to come back in this one. But, overall, this has been a great series. This series has kept me very excited, and I'm looking forward to these final games.
The Boston Red Sox took a huge victory Sunday night, beating the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis 4-2, and tying up the World Series at two games apiece. The Cardinals scored first, and were 8-0 in the postseason when doing so, but were still unable to win this game. This is the first ever win for the Red Sox in the new Busch Stadium, as they have never visited the stadium before the World Series.
The Red Sox took a good performance from Clay Buchholz, and used it to their advantage. Buchholz, having shoulder problems, could only reach around 90 MPH, but was able to escape four innings while only allowing one unearned run. He did exactly what the Red Sox were looking for tonight, even though he only pitched in four innings. The Red Sox got their big blow from Jonny Gomes, starting in place of Shane Victorino. With two runners on, Gomes crushed a ball to left field and gave the Red Sox a 4-1 lead.
The Cardinals got decent pitching from Lance Lynn, who was stellar for most of it, before falling apart in the sixth. He pitched 5.2 good innings, while allowing three runs, and taking the loss. The Cardinals got their first run of the game on a Carlos Beltran Single; and their second on a Matt Carpenter Single. They could not get anything started against the Red Sox pitching.
This was a good win for the Red Sox. It guarentees them to play game six in Boston, where they play better than on the road. With a win in game five, they would be up 3-2 in the series, with a chance to win the series. With a loss in game five, they would be down 3-2, but still have a shot to win two games in row, considering that both are in Boston. Big win for the Red Sox yesterday.
What a game. Just an amazing game. I cannot believe some of the things that went on in this one. Game three was action-packed, and in the end, the Cardinals walked it off in a 5-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox. Sixteen of the previous eighteen winners of game three after being tied at one game apiece went on to win the series. Yes it was a crucial game, and this series perhaps game down to one call from umpire Jim Joyce. Before we get into that, let's highlight some of what happened in this one.
The Cardinals jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on RBI Singles from Matt Holliday and Yadier Molina. Peavy settled down, for the most part. He was able to complete four innings of work, giving up six hits and only allowing those two runs. He has a career 9.27 ERA in the postseason (5 starts; 21.1 IP). He was able to escape many jams, but the Red Sox were unable to back him with any support until he had finished his four innings.
The Red Sox scored single runs in the fifth and sixth, getting a Mike Carp fielder's choice and a Daniel Nava RBI Single, respectively. The St. Louis Cardinals came back, scoring two in the bottom of the seventh of the inning, on a Matt Holliday RBI double. His three RBI played a huge part in the Cardinals win. But, once again, the Boston Red Sox came back getting a Daniel Nava RBI fielder's choice and a Xander Bogaerts RBI Single. They continued to play comeback throughout the entire game, tying it once again.
Then came the ninth. Brandon Workman got his first MLB at bat in the top of the ninth, striking out on three pitches. Then the exciting happened. A Molina Single, Craig Double, and then this happened. An obstruction call by Jim Joyce that won the Cardinals the game. View it here.
St. Louis 5, Boston 4. STL leads 2-1.
Former pitching coach Bryan Price will become the next manager of the Cincinnati Reds, according to reports. The 51 year old has coached in the majors since 2006 for the Seattle Mariners, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Cincinnati Reds. He formerly pitched in the minor leagues. This is his first managing job.
The Cincinnati Reds fired Dusty Baker because they felt they needed a new voice to take them to the World Series. And, I agreed with them. I am not sure if Bryan Price is the right choice for this job, but he has been successful as a pitching coach, and has definitely had the coaching taste of the big leagues. The experience is there, but I don't know what the future holds for the Cincinnati Reds and Bryan Price.