Red Sox 6 – Cardinals 1
The Basic Storyline
The Red Sox jumped out to an early lead and the Boston pitching staff made it hold up. The Red Sox are now the champions of baseball.
Lackey the Hero
John Lackey became the first pitcher to start a World Series clinching game for two different teams. (He won game seven for the 2002 Angels) His line of 6.2 innings pitched, 9 hits, 1 run wasn’t amazing, but it certainly was enough to get the job done.
Slightly Below the Radar Story
The Red Sox bullpen was outstanding all series. In this game, they once again made sure the lead held up, giving up no runs in 2.1 innings.
Shane Victorino – Returning from a back injury, Victorino got the Boston offense started with a three-run double in the third inning.
David Ortiz – Ortiz didn’t get much chance for heroics in this game as he walked four times. But that just shows how much respect the Cardinals had to pay him. He was very deservedly named the MVP of the series.
Michael Wacha – It might have been unfair to expect the rookie to continue to pitch as well as he had been. But in giving up 6 runs in 3.2 innings, he didn’t give the Cardinals much of a chance.
Lance Lynn – The Cardinals reliever entered the game in the fourth inning hoping to minimize the damage. Instead, he allowed two hits and a walk, pretty much putting the game out of reach.
What it Means
The Boston Red Sox are the World Series champions.
Everyone is undefeated again. The 2014 season will begin in March.