BOSTON — The fantasy lived in the Red Sox’s minds for all of a half-inning, a beautiful albeit short-lived notion that they could leave Fenway with a 2-0 lead in the World Series and perhaps not have to come home to clinch a world championship.
All the accessories were in place, notably David Ortiz’s monster two-run HR off Michael Wacha in the sixth inning, giving Boston a 2-1 lead against the National League’s best pitcher over the last month. The crowd practically shook with excitement, as if everyone had been fed a psychedelic drug. Another win over the National League champs? Was it really going to be this easy?