David Ortiz wasn't expecting another World Series sweep

Mike Petraglia
October 25, 2013 - 9:41 am

Following the first loss of his career in 10 World Series games, David Ortiz was not shocked or surprised. The slugger, who belted his 16th postseason home run and second of this World Series, did not come into this series expecting another World Series sweep. In 2004, the Red Sox never trailed in beating the Cardinals in four straight. In 2007, they trailed for just the first three inning of Game 2 before sweeping away the Rockies. And after an 8-1 laugher in Game 1, a victory that ran Boston's World Series win streak to nine, some might have thought that another Series sweep might be in order. This thinking was only reinforced when the Cardinals looked intimidated on the big stage of Fenway Wednesday night. Ortiz belted a two-run homer off Michael Wacha in the sixth for a 2-1 lead. "Changeup that stayed up," Ortiz explained. "You've got to try and not miss it because you'll probably not see another one. You go through the motion of the game and my at-bat before, he got me 3-0 and then he threw me changeups back-to-back so I got the idea he wasn't trying to give in. Just go from there." If the Red Sox could be the 22-year-old wunderkind, they would be halfway home to another sweep. But the Red Sox were the ones committing the miscues in the very next inning as the Cards scored three times. Then, the St. Louis bullpen of Carlos Martinez and Trevor Rosenthal shut the door in a 4-2 Cardinals win. "Series is still going on. 1-1, even-Steven," Ortiz said. "We have to go out there and play better than we did [Thursday]. There's nothing you can do about it. The only time you can come in and do something about it is Saturday. "It's not a secret for anyone that they have great pitching," Ortiz said. "When you are able to score some runs off these guys, you try to keep up with it." The way Ortiz looked at it after Game 2 is one loss is just one loss, even in the World Series. "It's part of the game, man," he said. "Nobody can dictate that you're going to win four straight games every time you go out there in the World Series. This is baseball. You're playing against the best team in the National League so anything is expected."