WASHINGTON — The Boston Red Sox, the best team in the major leagues, clinched the World Series at home for the first time in 95 years with a 6-1 win at Fenway Park, reported ESPN. The Red Sox became a worst-to-first story as they did not even make the playoffs last season and lost 93 games.
Fenway Park, the iconic and classic baseball park in downtown Boston, was rocking all night as the Red Sox jumped to an early lead off of pitching phenom Michael Wacha in the 3rd inning. Shane Victorino, known as the “Flying Hawaiian”, led the charge with a RBI single (which he stretched to a double) to jump start the scoring rout.
Jacoby Ellsbury hit a single to start the fourth inning, and it was followed by an intentional walk to David “Big Papi” Ortiz. Ortiz hit an almost-unconscious .688 batting average during these World Series. Then, the next hitter, Johnny Gomes, was hit by a pitch and brought up Victorino, who lined a pitch off the Green Monster for a RBI single and advanced to second on a throw from the outfield.
After that initial outburst, the Red Sox poured it on as Cardinals pitching and hitting stumbled down the stretch. They later scored again in the fourth inning after a solo home run shot to right center field by shortstop Stephen Drew (which went about 391 feet), a RBI single by Mike Napoli that scored Ellsbury and a Victorino RBI single which scored Ortiz.
Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey pitched a strong 6 2/3 innings and allowed one run. Closer Koji Uehara became the first Japanese pitcher to close a World Series.
The St. Louis Cardinals were delayed the day before due to plane difficulties, but they did not solve the puzzle that was Boston Red Sox pitching. They scored their only run of the game in the 7th inning off a RBI single by Carlos Beltran. Their young pitching phenom, Michael Wacha, lost for the first time in the postseason as Red Sox hitters battered him early on. Wacha only pitched 3 2/3 innings, gave up six runs, five hits and four walks.