World Series: John Farrell managerial highs and lows Game 5
BOSTON-Even with the usual second-place hitter right fielder Shane Victorino healthy and back in the lineup, manager John Farrell chose to leave Dustin Pedroia batting second and David Ortiz third behind leadoff man Jacoby Ellsbury. Victorino was batting sixth in Game 6, as Farrell had stated in St. Louis "to lengthen the lineup." The strategy worked as it was Victorino's bases-loaded double that broke the game open.
In the first inning Carlos Beltran ripped a line drive through the right side of the infield out into right field. However, the Brian Butterfield defensive shift had Pedroia positioned perfectly in medium right field taking a one-hopper and relaying to first for the out. Later in the game, in the seventh inning, Beltran beat the shift with a hard groundball single to left.
When it looked like John Lackey was done and had run out of gas for the night in the seventh inning, with one run in and two men on, Farrell strolled to the mound and instead of taking him out, assured Lackey that Matt Holliday was his last batter, so go right after him. Lackey battled but walked Holliday to load the bases for Allen Craig to face Junichi Tazawa. He got Craig to ground to first base to end the inning.