[We] got opportunities early. The Idiots would win, but there would be no more Idiots in a few days. This was something altogether different.

No more Curse of the Bambino. “When they come into our ballpark and beat Gerrit [Cole] and Justin [Verlander], that's a big punch. But Robles was stranded after Martinez opted not to pinch-hit for Sánchez, who bunted for strike three before Greinke made a nice play on a short grounder from Trea Turner to end the threat.

We couldn't capitalize.”. Statues - to be placed near those of Samuel Adams and James Michael Curley, are already on order for Messrs. Schilling, Martinez, Lowe, Foulke, Damon, Manny Ramirez (Series MVP), David Ortiz, Mark Bellhon, Jason Varitek, Orlando Cabrera and the rest of members of the 2004 Red Sox. What a sendout it was.Boston's bats, in contrast, proved much more potent than the Cardinals' latter-day Murderers' Row. • 'We didn't panic': Astros' clutch mojo returns, “I feel like in the postseason, we’re trying too much,” said Astros catcher Robinson Chirinos, who homered in the sixth.

Houston got on the board in the second inning, when Josh Reddick blooped a base hit to shallow left to score Carlos Correa, who had doubled, from second. Your comment is It ended at 11:41 EDT when Edgar Renteria hit a grounder back to Foulke. This was the Cardinals' only chance to start staging their comeback. After just three innings, it felt like it was already over, like the Red Sox were finally going to win the World Series. First time in 23 years, “Now we've got enough experience and enough feel about how series go that we knew -- we win today, get a little mojo back on our side, get a little bit of momentum, start to swing the bats a little bit better, we're not afraid of playing in any venue.

Regardless of his reasons, though, Suppan found himself the runner's equivalent of Schrödinger's cat, frozen halfway between third and home, possibly headed to either but actually standing on neither. WASHINGTON -- To make this series a Series, to make the math more practical and palatable, the Houston Astros needed to win a ballgame Friday night. “It takes four wins, and no one has got it yet.”. This mighty lineup of the American League champs was 3-for-17 with RISP in the first two games of this Fall Classic and 17-for-97 with RISP this postseason.

Perhaps he did, as Tony La Russa suggested, hear Oquendo shouting "No, no!" We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic, and understand where our audiences come from. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. Ortiz, not exactly Kevin Youkilis at first base (but then again, back in 2004, neither was Youkilis), was still alert enough to note a stranger in a strange land, throwing the ball to Bill Mueller, who put the hapless Suppan out of his misery.There are moments that decide every postseason series. It was the Nationals who dealt with the RISPy business, going 0-for-10, stranding 12 runners. Time to go to your window, open it wide, stick your head out and scream, ``The Red Sox won the World Series.'' subject to the rules of our. added owner John Henry. Lowe gave up a leadoff single in the first, then retired the next 13 Cardinals in order. The Nationals responded in the fourth when Ryan Zimmerman drew a leadoff walk from Zack Greinke and Victor Robles ripped and skipped a triple past third baseman Alex Bregman to make it 2-1. ``We'll be be arriving by dawn's early light,'' predicted club vice president, Dr. Charles Steinberg. Juan Soto fielded the ball and heaved a wayward throw toward home plate, allowing Reddick to skip to second base, and the 21-year-old birthday boy would have another fielding foible in the third, when he misplayed a ball in the left-field corner to turn a José Altuve leadoff double into three bases instead. Time for the Nation to rejoice. (Note: Content is unmoderated and may contain expletives), Report: Warrant Issued for Roggie’s Bar Owner, Boston Pops Concert Move Keeps the Beach Boys, Ditches Joey McIntyre, Lawmakers pass compounding pharmacy oversight bill, Follow this list on Twitter: @BostonPopular. Trot Nixon added a pair of runs with a bases-loaded double in the third. If the Sox were to win a World Series while I was a Bostonian, it was now or never. Boston added two more in the third when Nixon (three doubles), hitting with the bases loaded, swung at a 3-0 pitch and banged a double off the wall in right-center. Don’t swing for a fence. And Sox fans went to sleep that night, perhaps for the first time in 86 years, confident that the win would come—most likely Wednesday night. The suffering souls of Bill Buckner, Grady Little, Mike Torrez, Johnny Pesky, Denny Galehouse, and the rest are released from Boston Baseball's Hall of Pain. • Greinke's incredible curve gets 'Stros back in WS.

The Sox got off to a strong start when Damon led off the game with a home run to right field on a 2-1 pitch from Jason Marquis. He retired all twelve base runners he faced in that quartet of frames, allowing just one ball to get out of the infield, with Jim Edmonds hitting a fly ball to Johnny Damon. They did it for the kids in Central Falls, R.I., and Putnam, Conn. Perhaps Oquendo didn't want to make Pujols the scapegoat if the Cardinals fall short by a run, and elected to select the least bad of two options in a Hobson's choice scenario. So now it's time to toast to Ted Williams, Tom Yawkey, Sherm Feller, Dick O'Connell, Haywood Sullivan, Joe Cronin, Eddie Collins, Tony Conigliaro, Ned Martin, Helen Robinson, Jack Rogers, and thousands of others who toiled for the team, but died before seeing their Sox win a World Series. While church bells rang in small New England towns and horns honked on the crowded streets of the Hub, the 2004 Red Sox last night won the World Series, completing a four-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals with a 3-0 victory on the strength of seven innings of three-hit pitching by Derek Lowe.