After a rough patch in the last four games of the ALCS, David Ortiz is back with a vengeance, putting the Red Sox ahead in Game 2 of the World Series with a sixth inning homer.
Before we get to a succesful Red Sox rally, though, there's an unsuccessful one to mention. It came in the fourth, immediately after Matt Holliday had put the Cardinals on top 1-0. With a leadoff double off the Monster from Dustin Pedroia and walk from David Ortiz, the Red Sox seemed to have a great chance to tie it up.
That chance went wanting in a hurry. Mike Napoli grounded into a double play, and Jonny Gomes popped up. In the blink of an eye, Wacha's jam was over and done with, the Red Sox were left at the bottom of what was proving an almost impossible hill to climb against the impressive young pitcher.
John Lackey, though, kept them close, with a little help from Stephen Drew, who continues to impress in the field if not at the plate. And then came the sixth. This time there was little preamble--just a quick walk from Dustin Pedroia as Wacha's pitch count approached 100. Then, with the count full, Wacha delivered a changeup to Ortiz:
Just like that, the Red Sox were on top, and all was--
Creepy. Very creepy. Run, Papi, run!
[Or unintentionally creepy broken GIF. Let's try this...]