Brand new series headed to St. Louis
After Game 1 of the World Series, signs pointed to the Red Sox having the big advantage in the series. They beat up the Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright, the Red Birds defense was atrocious, and Carlos Beltran left the game in the third inning with a rib contusion.
Then a rare Red Sox mistake in the field would make it a brand new series.
Matt Carpenter hit a ball to shallow left field to Jonny Gomes. The throw was wide and Jarrod Salatalamacchia let the ball skip off his glove. Craig Breslow picked it up and made a wild toss towards third base that ended up in the Fenway Park seats. Another run would score to make it a 3-2 game and Beltran would follow with an RBI single. A 2-1 Red Sox lead off another David Ortiz blast quickly disappeared and the Cardinals would tie the series with a 4-2 victory.
Breslow made a bad throw at a pivotal point of the game, but nonetheless the Red Sox offense couldn’t get anything going. Michael Wacha was terrific once again, only allowing the two-run homer run to Big Papi. The 22-year-old rookie improved to 4-0 in his first ever postseason. What Wacha has done is absolutely remarkable after joining the Cardinals rotation in September. He has not allowed more than two runs or five hits in his four playoff starts. The Red Sox got not only their first glimpse at Wacha, but also at 22-year-old rookie Carlos Martinez and 23-year-old fireballer Trevor Rosenthal. Martinez pitched two shutout innings to go along with three strikeouts, exhibiting ridiculous movement on his off-speed stuff. Rosenthal would close it out, striking out the side with near-100 mile per hour fastballs.
Before the series started, the key was going to be the battle of the bullpens. Every game will come down to the last couple of innings and which relievers would crumble under pressure. This time around, it was Breslow that couldn’t get it done for Boston. The Cardinals defense was horrid in Game 1 and Game 2 was the Red Sox turn for a couple of miscues. Now, the Cardinals have home field advantage as they play three straight in St. Louis at Busch Stadium.
A pivotal Game 3 will take place Saturday night as Jake Peavy and Joe Kelly take the hill. Clay Buchholz will take on Lance Lynn in Game 4 on Sunday before Jon Lester and Adam Wainwright face off once again in Game 5. Peavy struggled mightily in his Game 4 start in Detroit and Buchholz was bad in his Game 2 start in Boston. The Red Sox will rely on them both to at least take one of the two games before handing the ball to their ace. Defense will be key the rest of the way. Errors by both teams have played a major factor in the series. The team that makes the plays in the field will likely be the one that pulls it out. Buckle up for the ride because this World Series looks like it could be one for the ages.