The Boston Red Sox, who didn’t win a single World Series from 1916-2003, have won three titles in the last 10 Major League Baseball seasons after celebrating in the historic Fenway Park last night having finalized their latest championship. The Red Sox won the 7-game series 4 games to 2 over their National League opponent, the St. Louis Cardinals, to claim their first World Series title since 2007 when they swept the Colorado Rockies.
The Red Sox took the first game of the series, winning 8-1 thanks to a strong Jon Lester pitching performance. Games two and three both went to St. Louis, who won both games by a combined 3 runs; the final scores were 4-2 and 5-4. Those games would be the last to finish in the Cardinals favor. the Red Sox won the next three games by final scores of 4-2, 3-1, and then 6-1 last night to wrap up the series.
Game 6 was pitched by John Lackey for the Red Sox and Michael Wacha for the Cardinals. The game was basically over after 4 innings; Wacha gave up 3 earned runs in both the 3rd and 4th innings, giving Boston a 6-0 lead close to the games halfway point. Wacha gave up 5 hits in the 3 2/3 innings he worked and walked 4 men while giving up 6 earned runs and striking out 5. John Lackey, the Red Sox’s starting pitcher only gave up 1 earned run on 9 hits, a walk, and he recorded 5 strikeouts. Lackey is credited with the win, while Wacha gets charged with the loss.
Offensively, the only home run of the game came off the bat of Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew. Boston also benefited from 4 Shane Victorino RBI’s and Mike Napoili also drove in a run in addition to Drew. The only run of the game scored by the Cardinals came in the form of a Carlos Beltran RBI.
David Ortiz, 37, earned the 2013 World Series Most Valuable Player Award after posting a .688 batting average in the Fall Classic. He had 11 hits in only 16 at-bats and hit 2 home runs and drove in 6 runs. He also hit 2 doubles and walked 8 times.
Ortiz hit 30 home runs and drove in 103 RBI’s in the regular season while doubling 38 times and posting a .309 batting average. He also walked 76 times.
Ortiz joins Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants, David Freese of the St. Louis Cardinals, Edgar Renteria of the Giants, and Hideki Matsui of the New York Yankees as the most recent World Series Most Valuable Players.
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-Some information from mlb.com was used in this report.
By Chris Castle