WORLD SERIES GAME 4: Gomes’ Big Blast Ties Up Fall Classic
By Adam Jakubiak
Boston University News Service
As the night rolled on during another intense game in the 2013 World Series, the Boston Red Sox were struggling to find the spark they needed to get back in the series against the St. Louis Cardinals. In the top of the sixth inning, they finally found it.
Jonny Gomes blasted a three-run homer and the Boston bullpen did just enough, and the Red Sox claimed a 4-2 victory in Game 4 of the annual Fall Classic. The best-of-seven series is now tied at two games apiece.
With the game deadlocked at one in the top of the sixth inning, the first two batters were quickly retired, and it seemed like it would be another routine 1-2-3 inning for the Cardinals pitching. But the heart of the Red Sox lineup came up to bat, and Boston went to work. Dustin Pedroia singled, followed by a David Ortiz walk. That brought up Gomes, who smashed a no-doubt homerun into the Red Sox bullpen in left field, and finally Boston was alive. It was Gomes’ first homerun of the postseason, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
The early stages of Game 4 were similar at times to that of Game 3, with the Red Sox pitching in and out of trouble, while struggling to produce much offense. The Cardinals got on the board first when Carlos Beltran continued his hot-hitting World Series with an RBI-single to score Matt Carpenter. St. Louis held the lead until the fifth inning, when Stephen Drew hit a sacrifice fly to score Ortiz.
St. Louis added another run in the seventh thanks to a Carpenter RBI-single, but they were unable to get any closer.
Dealing with the prospects of not having a designated hitter in a National League ballpark, it was another long night for the Red Sox bullpen. Starter Clay Buchholz lasted just four innings, and Felix Doubront went 2 2/3, giving up an earned run and getting the win. Craig Breslow, Junichi Tazawa, John Lackey and Koji Uehara also made appearances. For Lackey, it was his first relief appearance since June 27, 2004.
Like Game 3, the game ended in stunning fashion, when Uehara picked off pinch-runner Kolton Wong for the final out. It was the first time a World Series ended on a pick-off in Major League Baseball history.
Lance Lynn took the loss for St. Louis. He went 5 2/3 innings, giving up three earned runs, three walks, and had five strikeouts. It was the reliever Seth Maness who gave up Gomes’ big hit.
Boston regains home-field advantage with the win. Game 5 is scheduled for Monday night in St. Louis, before the series returns to Fenway for Game 6 on Wednesday night, where a champion could be crowned.