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.
Athletics slugger Khris Davis injured his right groin in Sunday’s series finale against the Blue Jays and an MRI taken Tuesday revealed a Grade 1 strain, per Steve Kroner of the San Francisco Chronicle. He is expected to be placed on the disabled list ahead of Wednesday night’s game against the Mariners and figures to miss around 2-3 weeks.
Davis has put up an .805 OPS (119 OPS+) with 13 home runs and 38 RBI in 47 games this season for the A’s, who are two games above .500 (25-23) largely because of their surprisingly consistent offensive production. Oakland is ninth among all MLB teams in runs scored and the club ranks seventh in combined team OPS (.748), behind only the Yankees, Red Sox, Cubs, Braves, Pirates, and Indians.
It sounds like Franklin Barreto is on his way up from Triple-A Nashville to take Davis’ spot.