Boston Red Sox Win 2013 World Series
The Boston Red Sox are World Champions again. And, this time, Boston got to celebrate the clincher at home for the first time since 1918.
The Sox closed out their third WS Championship in the last decade with a 6-1 victory in Game 6 over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Shane Victorino started the scoring by putting another dent in Fenway's Green Moster, a third inning bases-clearing, three-run triple that scored Jacoby Ellsbury, David Ortiz and Jonny Gomes - just ahead of the relay thrown - staking the Red Sox to a 3-0 advantage.
Victorino added another bases loaded hit in the fourth, a single to left field driving in David Ortiz. That followed two runs earlier in the inning - solo shot off the bat of Stephen Drew, and a bloop RBI-single to center from Mike Napoli.
Seemingly in the blink of an eye, it was 6-0 Boston and the Fenway fans were counting down the outs.
All six of those early runs came off Cardinals' rookie sensation Michael Wacha (4-1) - who lasted just 3 2/3 innings after entering with an impressive 4-0 record this postseason, and a slim 1.00 ERA in 27 innings of work.
Sox starter John Lackey (3-1 this postseason) struck out five over 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball, exiting to a standing ovation, but with the bases loaded and two outs. Junichi Tazawa came on and retired the only batter he faced, getting Allen Craig to ground out and end the Cards' seventh inning threat.
Series MVP David Oritz was 0-1 on the night, but walked four times (twice intentionally) and scored twice. His .688 batting average is good for second all-time in a World Series, and ranks first for a six-game World Series (Billy Hatcher's .750 BA is the highest ever in a WS, according to Baseball Almanac). Big Papi finished the series 11 for 16 with two HR's, six RBI's and eight walks.
Koji Uehara retired the final three Cardianls, striking out Matt Carpenter for the final out of the series. Uehara's numbers were among the greatest ever by a reliever this postseason: 1-1 with seven saves and a 0.71 ERA in the playoffs. He had two saves and 0.00 ERA in five World Series appearances, yielding a measly two hits in 4 2/3 innings.
Boston manager John Farrell earns a WS title in his first year as the skipper of the Sox, having come over from Toronto in the offseason. Farrell was Boston's pitching coach in their 2007 World Series campaign.
The St. Louis Cardinals won their fourth National League pennant since 2004, splitting two wins and two loses in those four World Series appearances. Both WS losses came at the hands of the Red Sox.