On Wednesday October 23, the 109th World Series began in the city of Boston. Matching up for the 4th time in World Series history, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox faced off to determine the best team in baseball. The Boston Red Sox proved to be the better team winning the World Series in six games.
Boston came out strong in the first inning of game one, loading the bases, and Red Sox catcher Mike Napoli hit a three run double. The Red Sox replicated what they did in the first inning by loading the bases in the second inning, and Dustin Pedroia singled in another run making it a 4-0 game. This set up a sacrifice fly from designated hitter David Ortiz making the game 5-0. Ortiz came up again in the 7th inning with a runner on base and hit a two run home run making it a 7-0 game. In the bottom of the 8th, Boston continued the scoring when Xander Bogarts hit a sacrifce fly to finish the Red Sox scoring at 8. In attempt to begin a 9th inning comeback, Matt Holliday hit a solo home run but that would be the only run scored by the Cardinals in game one making the final score 8-1. The Red Sox led the series 1-0 after game 1
In game 2 of the series, the St.Louis Cardinals relied on small ball (getting a few hits and giving up outs in order to score runs) throughout the game, when in the 4th inning Yadier Molina drove in a run on a ground out to second base. The Red Sox responded in the 4th inning when Ortiz hit a two run home run. The Cardinals then continued to use small ball when, in the 7th inning, Matt Carpenter hit a sacrifice fly to left field scoring one run, and after a throwing error, a second run scored making it 3-2. The next batter, Carlos Beltran, hit a single capping off a 4-2 victory for the Cardinals. After game two the series was tied 1-1.
In the first inning of game three, the Cardinals had a series of runs batted in by Holliday and Molina to take an early 2-0 lead. In the 5th inning pinch hitter Mike Carp grounded out to second base scoring Bogarts. The next inning, Shane Victorino scored on a Daniel Nava single to left field tying the game at 2-2. Half an inning later, Holliday doubled to left scoring both Carpenter and Beltran putting the Cardinals on top 4-2. The lead was short lived for the Cardinals when in the 8th, the game was tied on a fielders choice by Nava and a single by Bogarts tying the game at 4 a piece. In a crazy turn of events Allen Craig scored the game winning run on an interference call by third baseman Will Middlebrooks bringing the score to5-4. The Cardinals took the series lead 2-1
The scoring in game four started in the third when Beltran singled, scoring a run for the Cardinals. Two innings later the Red Sox tied the game on a sacrifice fly by Stephan Drew. The following inning Jonny Gomes hit a three-run home run to left to take the lead 4-1. The Cardinals failed to comeback despite Carpenter’s one run single to right in the 7th. Again the series was tied, this time 2-2.
Game 5 got off to a quick start with a RBI double by Ortiz to right field.In the 4th inning Holliday hit a game tying home run to center field. The Red Sox rallied in the 7th when David Ross hit a ground rule double to score Bogarts which set up a Jacoby Ellsbury single to center ending the scoring for the game at 3-1. This put the Red Sox ahead in the series 3-2.
In the 6th and final game of the series, Victorino doubled to left field, scoring three runs and put the Red Sox on top early. There was no looking back by the Red Sox and in the fourth inning they scored three more runs on a Drew home run and a pair of rbi singles by Mike Napoli and Victorino. The Cardinals scratched one run across on a Beltran single to left in the 7th but that was it and the Red Sox won the game 6-1, making the series 4-2 and clinching the World Series victory in six games.
This marked the first time in 95 years the Boston Red Sox won a World Series at the historic Fenway Park. David Ortiz took home the MVP honors posting a .688 batting average with two home runs. Baseball resumes again with spring training in early February and the first regular season game will take place on March 22, 2014 in Sydney, Australia between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks.