Top Five Moments from the 2004 Red Sox World Series vs. cardinals
On the 26th pitch from Cardinals starter Matt Morris, Varitek delivered a hugely crucial swinghitting a triple into the center field triangle at Fenway, striking out Manny Ramirez and Ortiz to put the Red Sox ahead with a quick 2-0 lead, a lead the Red Sox would not relinquish the rest of the night.
Varitek’s triple served as a big lift after Ramirez and Ortiz, Boston’s No. 3 and No. 4 hitters in the lineup, combined to go just 1-for-7 with no RBIs and two strikeouts.
Varitek finished 1-for-3 at the plate, serving as one of three Red Sox hitters who contributed two RBIs in the game as Boston took a 2-0 series lead after a 6-2 final.
“2004 was the year Ortiz was referred to exclusively as ‘Big Papi’ in Boston, cementing the nickname as his unofficial trademark among the fan base.”
Trot Nixon double (Game 4, October 27)
After Damon’s initial go-ahead in the first inning, Nixon had a great time with his biggest at-bat of the 2004 postseason.
In the top of the third inning, with the bases loaded, and against Cardinals starter Jason Marquis, Nixon hit a 3-pointer into deep, deep right-center field at Busch Memorial Stadium on a 3-0 pitch, just shy of hitting a grand slam.
The Red Sox right fielder led the game in both hits and RBIs as Nixon saved his most dominant showing at the plate for the time being, finishing 3-for-4 with three doubles and two RBIs. Aside from Damon, Nixon was the only other Red Sox to deliver a multi-hit performance as the lineup settled for seven hits against Cardinals pitching.
Nixon ended up hitting .357 with five hits and three RBIs in the series after Game 4.
Keith Foulke records the final out (game 4)
Two things remained consistent in Boston’s favor throughout the series: the Red Sox lineup’s ability to blow each game open in the first inning and Foulke’s dominance on the mound in save opportunities.
Over the course of the entire playoff run, Foulke made 11 appearances for the Red Sox out of the bullpen, recording one win and three saves while posting a 0.64 ERA and 1.07 WHIP with 19 strikeouts. The splits, in each series, speak for themselves. In the AL Division Series against the now Los Angeles Angels and the ALCS against the Yankees, Foulke had not allowed a run to cross the plate.
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