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Shane Victorino’s grand slam puts the Red Sox back on top in the seventh inning of Game 6

Oct 19, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

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Shane Victorino stopped switch-hitting again. For the Red Sox, it’s a good thing he did. With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the seventh, Victorino drove a Jose Veras curve down the left field line into the seats atop the Green Monster. The Red Sox took back the lead, 5-2 with six outs left in the game.

The seventh inning started with Max Scherzer looking to continue his sterling performance against the Red Sox, but Jonny Gomes led off with a double off of the Monster, just inches from becoming a game-tying solo home run. After Stephen Drew struck out, Xander Bogaerts impressively worked the count to draw a walk, ending Scherzer’s night.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland brought in lefty Drew Smyly to face the left-handed Jacoby Ellsbury. Ellsbury hit a rocket back up the middle, but shortstop Jose Iglesias was able to field it cleanly. In an attempt to shovel the ball to second baseman Omar Infante, the ball got away from Iglesias, so the Tigers weren’t able to record an out anywhere, loading the bases.

Leyland came out again to bring the right-handed Jose Veras into the game. And that is where it was lost. Victorino watched the ball sail deeper and deeper into the left field, pumping his fist as it landed in the seats. It is his second career post-season grand slam, joining Jim Thome as the only two players to have two career grand slams in the playoffs. Victorino hit one off of CC Sabathia, then with the Brewers, in the NLDS back in 2008. It is also the second timely grand slam in the ALCS for the Red Sox, as David Ortiz took Joaquin Benoit deep in Game 2.

If the Red Sox can record six more outs, they will be on their way to the World Series.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    [Bleepin] Playoff baseball…

    • jcmeyer10 - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:39 PM

      What I meant to say is, Bleepin Catalina Wine Mixer…

    • thebabysarm - Oct 20, 2013 at 12:34 AM

      Only in a joke of a field like fenway can a turd like Victorino get a grandslam from a can of corn pop up. Travesty.

      • jcmeyer10 - Oct 20, 2013 at 12:34 AM

        Pretty sure the Tigers were hitting in the same park tonight.

      • drewzducks - Oct 20, 2013 at 12:52 AM

        Bogaerts double is easily a home run in Comerica. What’s your point ? I’m guessing you’re a fan of the team that is looking at a 30 year WS drought. So sad. The World Series begins Wednesday at that joke of a field.

      • aceshigh11 - Oct 20, 2013 at 1:42 AM

        The only travesty is your bitter, unlettered tirade.

        “Thebabysarm”? Seriously?

        We know ALL we need to know about you from that user name, Tiny. Now go get “swoll”, rub the bronzer on, do some Jager shots, and try to pick up some underaged girls down on the Boardwalk.

  2. wilkisoft - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Omg, yesssss!!!

    • jcmeyer10 - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:40 PM

      Definitely woke up the dog and my lady. She thought I was stomping around because of Franklin Morales.

  3. polegojim - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    OUCH!!!!

    The Tigers playoff relief pitching… is a relief to the RED SOX… same as last time.

    Talk about totally BLOWING two games.

    Sheesh…. it’s painful to watch.

    If there’s a game 7, they should sit Fielder… total waste of at bats and obviously any sort of intelligent base running even when he lucked out on a walk.

  4. thebadguyswon - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    I’m not sure Prince Fielder could be any more useless if he tried. What a waste of space.

    • jcmeyer10 - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:43 PM

      He’s been awesome! You may have guessed I am a Red Sox fan.

    • sandrafluke2012 - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:52 PM

      what has he done wrong tonight

      • polegojim - Oct 20, 2013 at 12:03 AM

        Let’s see…
        No RBIs in his last… 70+, yes 70+ playoff/post season at bats – 19 games…3-4 ABs per.
        Batting something ling .190 in this ALCS
        Doesn’t know how to run bases and gets himself AND another runner out in the 6th by standing between 3rd and home.

        Other than that, nothing…

        : (

  5. riverace19 - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Lots of guys aren’t hitting including Fielder. The Tigers pen is clearly the failure… Get Sherzer out win the game

    • jcmeyer10 - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      You know it’s not his fault when two grand slams in the late innings define the series.

    • polegojim - Oct 20, 2013 at 12:04 AM

      Um… but at least several of them are playing through injuries.

      Fielders only ‘injury’ is… the damage he’s doing to the Tigers ALCS chances

      Big Money… NOTHING in return.

      • jcmeyer10 - Oct 20, 2013 at 12:15 AM

        He’s the “third star” for the Red Sox this ALCS.

  6. emdash01 - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    I can understand Leyland’s reasoning, because Scherzer was near the end of his rope. But given the team’s bullpen, I think I would have left him in to try to get out of it. If you’re going to get beat, get beat with your best guy on the mound.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:53 PM

      And about that walk: Oh, how faulty ball/strike calls can impact a game. Could we have a more glaring example than the 3-2 pitch by Scherzer in the 7th with a man on 2nd and 1 out? PitchTrax showed it clearly inside the strike zone, which would have given Max a K and it would have kept him in with 2 out, 1 on. The ump called it a ball, so a walk, 2 on, 1 out, Max gone, and then came the error and the slam. Ah, the holy human element. Sigh. OK, downthumb:

      • jcmeyer10 - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:54 PM

        Yah Bogey should have been walking back to the dugout. No argument here.

  7. thevauntedchris - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    gross. never seen a team catch more breaks and good fortune than this year’s Red Sox. victorino, nava, carp, lackey, hideous beards, chase Utley greased hair, the never ending supply of David Ortiz’s “medicine”….I could keep going. only this ridiculous team could adopt the “hey let’s overpay a bunch of average free agents and win 25 more games than last year” plan and have it work out.

    • bowltr - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:56 PM

      Wha wha wha. Enjoy the WS b!tch

    • jcmeyer10 - Oct 20, 2013 at 12:00 AM

      If you look up “butt hurt” in the dictionary this is what you get…

    • chill1184 - Oct 20, 2013 at 12:01 AM

      I really don’t get your anger here, baseball is always full of weirdness

    • hammyofdoom - Oct 20, 2013 at 12:10 AM

      Either this is sarcasm or this is some of the silliest bitching I’ve seen in a long time

      • jcmeyer10 - Oct 20, 2013 at 12:12 AM

        Unfortunately it’s the latter.

    • drewzducks - Oct 20, 2013 at 12:58 AM

      thetauntedchristine…don’t be bitter, be better

  8. disgracedfury - Oct 20, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Leyland needs to be fired.Jose Veras?All the bullpen arms and you pick him.I said before you leave your starts until the 8th inning with no one on.Leyland hurt his team twice and put bad pitchers that gave up major homers.

    • jcmeyer10 - Oct 20, 2013 at 12:09 AM

      So should Farrell for bring in Morales and not stretching out Tazawa. The winner gets second guessed less…

      • drewzducks - Oct 20, 2013 at 1:02 AM

        Should have gone with Breslow right there to stem the tide in the sixth then patch together 7,8 and 9 with Taz and Koji. But it all worked out in the end.

      • pgjimmy - Oct 20, 2013 at 1:30 AM

        farrell should have been fired for bringing in morales with 2 on 0 out and prince and victor coming up if the sox lost the game…that was breslow all day…did it work our for him because of shane, yes….but if the sox lost ud be hearing about the questions about that horrible decision..farrell makes one horrible decision a game but it works…lets go sox.

  9. 4d3fect - Oct 20, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Another boring WS that the media kingdoms will be drooling over themselves about..

  10. tablescrappy - Oct 20, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Bye Tigers!

    • 18thstreet - Oct 20, 2013 at 12:58 AM

      Jackass.

  11. drelms - Oct 20, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Now that’s what I’m talking about.

    Shane

    Shane

    Shayne

  12. jcmeyer10 - Oct 20, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Peavy just copped a feel on Gomes during his interview with Rosenthal.

  13. drewy44 - Oct 20, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Of course Victorino hit it. It’s not like you can just pitch inside to the guy. Wasn’t sure if he would get resurrected after dying in LA last season.

    • Anoesis - Oct 20, 2013 at 1:29 AM

      Another West Coast failure.

  14. thebadguyswon - Oct 20, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    Not a World Series anyone besides Cards and Sox fans can enjoy.

    • drewzducks - Oct 20, 2013 at 1:04 AM

      Congrats on winning the stupid internet comment of the day.

  15. 18thstreet - Oct 20, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    I don’t know which homer shocked me more: Shane’s or the one Koji gave up to Tampa.

    I was just hoping Shane didn’t hit into a double play so that Pedroia could single in a couple runs. Can’t believe it.

  16. theskinsman - Oct 20, 2013 at 6:49 AM

    Great series. I hope this was the toughest pitching the Sox will see. Detroit’s starters are unbelieveable.

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