Cardinals take advantage of defensive miscues to take lead in Game 2

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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.

Anthony DeSclafani crushed a grand slam for his first career home run

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Reds right-hander Anthony DeSclafani put on a show during Saturday’s matinee against the Cubs. Up 2-1 in the third inning, the hurler hooked a Brian Duensing fastball over the left field fence for his first career home run — and first career grand slam:

Grand slams are impressive no matter the player or situation, but they’re made all the more special in rare circumstances like this one. Not only is DeSclafani the first pitcher to deliver a grand slam in 2018, but he’s the first Reds hurler to do so in nearly 60 years. Per MLB.com’s Brian Scott Rippee, right-hander Bob Purkey was the last to hit a slam for the Reds in 1959, when he took Cubs reliever John Buzhardt deep in the third inning of a 12-3 drubbing.

The 28-year-old righty had a decent outing on the mound as well, holding the Cubs to two runs, four walks, and three strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings before passing the ball to reliever Michael Lorenzen. Entering Saturday, he carried a 2-1 record in three games, with a 4.60 ERA, 2.3 BB/9 and 8.6 SO/9 across 15 2/3 innings — not too shabby for someone who hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2016.

The Reds currently lead 8-2 in the bottom of the seventh.