Here is Shane Victorino’s Grand Slam that Sent the BoSox to the World Series (Video)
On Friday night, the St. Louis Cardinals rocked Clayton Kershaw to beat the Dodgers 9-0 and punch their ticket to the Fall Classic. At that point, all remaining eyes in the baseball-loving world focused on Boston, where the American League Championship Series between the Red Sox and Tigers would be played out.
The Sox, of course, had a 3-2 series lead over the Tigers, and were hoping to wrap things up on Saturday night in Game 6 and avoid a winner-take-all Game 7. However, if they were going to do that, they were going to have to beat Max Scherzer, who is probably going to win the Cy Young award in a few weeks after going 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA this season.
So how did it go? Well, through six innings it was looking like we were heading for Game 7, as the Tigers had given Scherzer a 2-1 lead. But suddenly, the game shifted.
Jonny Gomes led off the bottom of the seventh with a double, then Stephen Drew struck out and Xander Bogaerts walked, which gave Jim Leyland two unenviable choices: let his ace wilt out there on the mound, or go with the Tigers’ shaky bullpen and pray it all works out.
Leyland went with the latter, and it did not work out. After an error by the usually sure-handed Jose Iglesias loaded the bases, Shane Victorino stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and a chance to give the Sox the lead and possibly sent them to the World Series.
But surely he wouldn’t hit the Red Sox’s second game-winning grand slam of the ALCS, right?
Wrong. That’s exactly what he did.
So much for the chicken & beer Red Sox. Thanks to this clutch grand slam, the 2013 Sox beat the Tiger 5-2, completing their journey from worst to first.