On the 26th pitch thrown from ex-Cardinals starter Matt Morris, Varitek delivered a massively crucial swing, knocking a triple into Fenway’s center field triangle, plating Manny Ramirez and Ortiz to put the Red Sox ahead with a quick 2-0 lead — a lead in which the Red Sox wouldn’t relinquish for the remainder of the night.
Varitek’s triple served as a major lift after Ramirez and Ortiz — Boston’s No. 3 and 4 hitters in the lineup — combined to go just 1-for-7 with no RBIs and two strikeouts.
Varitek finished 1-for-3 at the plate, serving as one of three Red Sox hitters to contribute two RBIs in the game with Boston taking a 2-0 series lead following the 6-2 final.
“2004 served as the year Ortiz was exclusively referred to as “Big Papi” in Boston — cementing the nickname as his unofficial trademark amongst the fanbase.”
Despite Nixon’s double (Game 4, Oct. 27)
Following Damon’s leadoff round-tripper in the first inning, Nixon came through huge with his biggest at-bat throughout the 2004 postseason.
In the top of the third inning, with the bases loaded, and against former Cardinals starter Jason Marquis, Nixon launched a triple to deep, deep right-center field at Busch Memorial Stadium on a 3-0 pitch — just a few feet shy of hitting a grand slam.
The Red Sox right fielder led the game in both hits (3) and RBIs (2) as Nixon saved his most dominant showing at the plate for the best time possible, finishing with 3-for-4 with three doubles and two RBIs. Aside from Damon, Nixon was the only other Red Sox to deliver a multi-hit performance as the lineup was set down on strikes seven times versus Cardinals pitching.
Following Game 4, Nixon finished hitting .357 with five hits and three RBIs in the series.
Keith Foulke records the final out (Game 4)
Two things remained consistent in Boston’s favor throughout the series: The Red Sox lineup’s ability to break open each game in the first inning and Foulke’s dominance on the mound in save opportunities.
Throughout the entire playoff run, Foulke made 11 appearances for the Red Sox out of the bullpen, recording one win and three saves while notching an 0.64 ERA and 1.07 WHIP with 19 strikeouts. The splits, among each series, speak for themselves. In the American League Division Series against the now Los Angeles Angels and in the ALCS against the Yankees, Foulke hadn’t allowed a single run to cross the plate.