David Ortiz put the Red Sox ahead in the bottom of the sixth inning with a two-run homer, but the lead didn’t last long.
After John Lackey was pulled with two on and one out in the top of the seventh in favor of Craig Breslow, Pete Kozma and Jon Jay executed a double-steal before Daniel Descalso drew a walk to load the bases. Matt Carpenter then hit a fly ball to left field which was caught by Jonny Gomes, but Kozma was able to beat out a weak throw to the plate which got away from Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Breslow, who was backing up home plate, then made an errant throw to third base which allowed Jay to score the go-ahead run and Descalso to advance to third. Carlos Beltran put an exclamation point on the rally by hitting an RBI single to right field to extend the Cardinals’ lead to 4-2. Now that’s one disaster frame.
Michael Wacha is suddenly in position for the victory as Game 2 of the World Series moves to the bottom of the seventh inning.
Oft-injured pitcher Josh Johnson is retiring from baseball, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick is reporting.
Johnson, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2013. The right-hander underwent his third Tommy John surgery in September 2015 but wasn’t able to bounce back.
Johnson spent most of his career with the Marlins, but also pitched for the Blue Jays in the big leagues, as well as the Padres in the minors. He retires with a career 3.40 ERA, 915 strikeouts across 998 innings in the majors, and two All-Star nominations. Johnson led the National League with a 2.30 ERA in 2010, finishing fifth in NL Cy Young Award balloting. One wonders what he could have accomplished if he was able to stay healthy.
The Angels are nearing a multi-year deal with free agent third baseman Luis Valbuena, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. It’s believed to be a two-year contract with a third-year option.
Valbuena, 31, hit .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances in 2016. He missed most of the second half with a hamstring injury, for which he underwent surgery in late August.
Valbuena has played a majority of his career at third base, but also has extensive experience at second base and has racked up innings at first base and shortstop as well. He won’t play every day for the Angels, as Yunel Escobar lays claim to third base and C.J. Cron first base, but he will give them flexibility and a left-handed bat off the bench.