World Series notebook: David Ortiz wins MVP award

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BOSTON — Most Valuable Papi.

David Ortiz walked off with the World Series MVP prize last night, capping a dominant week in which he led the Boston Red Sox over St. Louis with a mix of power, patience and a most timely pep talk.

It was the crowning achievement in the career of Big Papi, now a three-time champion and the last link to the 2004 sweep over the Cardinals that ended an 86-year title drought.

After a while, the Cardinals simply gave up trying to get him out. Ortiz walked four times — three intentional — in a 6-1 victory last night in Game 6 that clinched the championship.

When Ortiz came to the plate for the last time, in the eighth inning with the outcome safely in hand, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina stood up and spoke to him in the batter’s box. Molina softly patted Ortiz twice on the side, too.

Ortiz then watched four wide pitches and trotted to first base, having reached base 19 times in 25 plate appearances.

He hit 11 for 16 (.688) with two home runs and six RBI against the Cardinals.

Ortiz also walked eight times.

“This guy’s unbelievable,” Molina said.

Wacha’s run ends

Michael Wacha’s masterful pitching run is over. So is the St. Louis Cardinals’ season.

Wacha, a 22-year-old rookie who burst onto the major league scene with the poise of a veteran, finally flopped on baseball’s biggest stage.

Wacha allowed six runs in 32/3 innings last night.

When he needed to save the season of the team that tied the Red Sox for most regular-season victories, he couldn’t.

“I told them to hold their head high. They have nothing to be ashamed of,” said Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, a Reynoldsburg native.

“We all know that we could come out and play a better game than what we did here, but we did a whole lot more than anybody gave us credit for or expected us to do.”

Wacha had been 4-0 with a 1.00 ERA in his other four postseason starts. He didn’t make his major league debut until May 30, when he allowed one run in seven innings against the Kansas City Royals.

Last night, it all ended.

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