BOSTON -- Thursday night's 4-2 Red Sox loss to the Cardinals in Game 2 of the World Series was the first time the Sox lost a game started by Jonny Gomes this postseason. They are now 7-1 in those games.
And it doesn't sound ilke he'll get a chance to improve on that record in Game 3. When asked about potential lineup changes, manager John Farrell replied:
“With the amount of ground to cover in left field, the left‑right matchups against [Cards Game 3 starter, right-hander Joe] Kelly . . . You know, without announcing a lineup, yeah, we're factoring all that in right now. I think the way [Daniel] Nava came off the bench last night with a good pinch‑hit appearance, it's likely he'll continue to factor in here.”
So it sounds like Gomes' record will stay at 7-1 for now.
-- Jacoby Ellsbury went 1-for-4 in the Red Sox' 4-2 loss to the Cardinals Thursday and is now batting .348 (8-for-23) with four doubles, five runs scored, three RBI, three walks, and a stolen base in six career World Series games. In this postseason, he is now hitting .362 (17-for-47) with three doubles, a triple, five RBI, and six stolen base in 12 games.
-- The loss snapped the Red Sox' nine-game winning streak in World Series games, the third-longest in MLB history.
-- The loss also snapped the Sox six-game home winning streak in the World Series, dating back to Game 1 of 2004.