Somebody has finally solved Cardinals rookie right-hander Michael Wacha. And his name is David Ortiz.
After Wacha held the Red Sox scoreless over the first five innings, Ortiz connected for a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth to give the Red Sox a 2-1 lead. The blast was set up after Wacha issued a one-out walk to Dustin Pedroia. Ortiz went opposite-field on a change-up and deposited it over the Green Monster. Wacha allowed just one run in 23 innings of work between the NLDS and NLCS , but he hasn’t been nearly as sharp tonight. Those Red Sox hitters have a way of making pitchers work.
While Wacha is done after throwing 114 pitches, John Lackey is still going strong as Game 2 moves into the top of the seventh inning at Fenway Park.
Update (12:58 AM ET): Per Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Samardzija has been diagnosed with a strained pectoral muscle. He’ll be shut down for a week. That’s good news for the Giants, considering the alternatives.
Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.
This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.
Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.