The Boston Red Sox had threatened a few times against rookie Michael Wacha on Thursday night, but had not made good on anything until David Ortiz took him over the Green Monster for a go-ahead, two-run home run in the sixth inning of Game 2 of the World Series.
But Boston's lead did not last beyond the next half-inning, and the Cardinals struck back to win 4-2 and even the Series. The Red Sox thumped St. Louis 8-1 in Game 1.
The Red Sox trailed 1-0 in the sixth, and Dustin Pedroia drew a one-out walk against Wacha, the fourth free pass he allowed. Ortiz worked the count full and unloaded on a hanging 85 mph change-up, also lighting up the Fenway Park crowd.
It was Ortiz's 17th career home run in the postseason, fifth this year and second in the Series. Ortiz also went deep for a tying grand slam in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers. He'd have another homer (and another slam) if not for the great catch Carlos Beltran made at the bullpen fence in Game 1 of the Series.
It also was the biggest eruption against the 22-year-old Wacha in the playoffs. Coming into the inning, he had an 0.35 ERA in 26 innings, having allowed just one run and 10 hits with seven walks to go with 27 strikeouts. Because of the Cardinals' rally, he became the first pitcher born in the 1990s to win a World Series game.
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