It was an electric night at Fenway Park on Wednesday night, as John Lackey and the Boston Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 in Game 5 to win the 2013 World Series.
Lackey was on fire throughout the night, going 6 and 2/3 innings before departing with a 6-1 lead. Hew threw 105 pitches on the night, and an overwhelming 76 of them were strikes. He kept the Cardinals guessing throughout the game, and stranded several runners that St. Louis did manage to get on base. Lackey would leave after only giving up one run on nine hits.
Shane Victorino was the spark of the night offensively. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the third, he belted a double to left fielder Matt Holliday that would clear the bases and give Boston the early 3-0 lead. Then in the fourth, he followed up a Stephen Drew home run and Mike Napoli single to drive home another run. The two-inning outburst put Boston up 6-0, and they simply wouldn’t look back.
The only mark on Lackey’s night came in the top of the seventh. After getting two quick outs to start the inning, he gave up a single to Daniel Descalso and a double to Matt Carpenter. He then gave up the lone run to Carlos Beltran, who singled into left field to score Descalso. Junichi Tazawa would come on in relief and throw two pitches to get him out of the inning, stranding yet two more runners.
It was just a long night for the Cardinals’ bullpen. Starter Michael Wacha was chased after just 3 and 2/3 innings, giving up six runs on only five hits. He also gave up four walks on the night. Lance Lynn was able to stitch up the mess, walking one batter and only giving up two hits. The rest of the bullpen was able to stay mostly in check, but the damage was done early.
This is the fourth time the Cardinals and Red Sox have met in the World Series, and this may have been the sweetest for Boston fans, as the Red Sox win marked the first time they had won the Series at Fenway since 1918. That year, they defeated the Chicago Cubs also in Game 6 to claim baseball’s biggest prize. They are also only the second team to win the World Series after finishing in last place the previous season. Only the 1991 Minnesota Twins have gone fro worst to first.
Winning the World Series MVP this year is none other than “Big Papi” David Ortiz. The award was delivered by MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, which was followed by the presentation of a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. Ortiz, the management and staff all addressed the city of Boston, dedicating the win to the families of the Boston Marathon bombings earlier in the year and to the fans that have stuck with the team from the bottom of the league to their reign as World Series Champions.
And with that, the 2013 Major League Baseball season has come to an end. The Red Sox have won the World Series, and now every team in the land prepares to reset and get to work on what should be an interesting offseason. Up next will be the announcement of end-of-year awards and the beginning of free agency and offseason trades.
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