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With Boston holding a 2-1 lead, John Lackey (6.1-5-3-2-6, 95) began the seventh with a strikeout, but walked David Freese and gave up a single to Jon Jay. Boston manager John Farrell swiftly went to his bullpen, calling on lefty Craig Breslow. During the change, Pete Kozma ran for Freese at second base. On a 2-2 pitch to Daniel Descalso, Kozma and Jay pulled off a double steal as catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia could not get a grip on the ball to make a throw. Descalso fouled off a pitch, then walked, loading the bases.
Matt Carpenter lofted Breslow's first pitch to left field; Jonny Gomes made the catch and fired home. His throw was up the first base line, but Saltalamacchia remained anchored near the plate, and tried to reach for the ball. It glanced off his glove for an error, and the tying run scored. Breslow, backing up the play, grabbed the ball and threw it to third, trying to nail Jay. The throw sailed over Xander Bogaerts's glove for another error. Jay easily scored the go-ahead run. Carlos Beltran then singled to right to bring home the Cardinals' fourth run.
The bottom third of Boston's lineup went in order against Martinez in the seventh. In the eighth, Jacoby Ellsbury reached on a fielding error by Carpenter. After Shane Victorino and Dustin Pedroia struck out, David Ortiz singled to right, but Mike Napoli popped out to shortstop to end the inning. Fireballing closer Rosenthal struck out the side in the ninth.
The first four innings of the game were the Michael Wacha Show (6-3-2-4-6, 114) as Joe Buck and Tim McCarver expressed awe for the rookie righthander for more than an hour without letup. They did everything but begin carving his Hall of Fame plaque. Even for Fox, it was an embarrassing display of partisianship. During the Wacha Lovefest, the Cardinals took a 1-0 lead. Matt Holliday opened the fourth with a triple to center field and scored on Yadier Molina's grounder to second.
Boston missed a golden chance to score in the bottom half of the fourth. Pedroia doubled off the Wall and David Ortiz walked. Things took a turn for the worse as Napoli grounded into a double play and Jonny Gomes popped out.
The Red Sox took a 2-1 lead in the sixth when Pedroia walked with one out and Ortiz lifted a home run to left field.
Ortiz had the best night at the plate for the home team, with a home run, single and walk.
The series resumes on Saturday night at Busch Stadium.
Michael Wacha / John Lackey
Ellsbury, CFFrom the web:
A Cardinals minor league pitcher insinuated via Twitter that Jon Lester was doctoring the ball last night. ... OTM's Mark Normandin points out that if anything untoward was happening with the baseball, we'd see evidence of it in Pitch f/x. ... The simply fact is: Lester pitched well. In his four postseason starts this month, his ERA is 1.67. ... It seems more likely that the bumbling Cardinals had Vaseline in their gloves. ... Which reminds me: GIFs!
St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz "declin[ed] to hyperventilate" over the state of Lester's glove, writing: "The Cardinals cheated themselves by playing horrible baseball. Lester didn't need to rely on a mystery substance to beat the Cardinals. The Cardinals beat themselves in Game 1."
Miklasz elaborated in a second column:
It was a comedic tribute to the 2004 World Series, 10 years after. Mental errors and physical errors. Futility and frustration. Slapstick and silliness. A no-show of startling proportions.Derrick Goold wrote:
The Cardinal Way?
No, more like a Cardinal sin. ...
The Red Sox should have brought back Keith Foulke and Doug Mientkiewicz for the reunion.
On the biggest stage of the year the Cardinals played their worst game of the year ... Manager Mike Matheny bluntly labeled the loss a "wakeup call." ...Joe Strauss added:
The Red Sox won their ninth consecutive World Series game, a span that encompasses two championships and started with a humbling of the Cardinals in 2004. ... Déjà vu was in the air at Fens.
There is no polite way to write what transpired at Fenway Park in Game 1 of a supposedly balanced pairing. The Boston Red Sox were who we thought they were. The Cardinals offered a disjointed, literally painful performance ...Barry M. Bloom, MLB.com:
Calling Wednesday a train wreck would be misleading.
Train wrecks don't take this long.
This was only the 17th time in the 109-year history of the World Series that a starter held the opposition scoreless for seven innings or more in a Game 1 victory. Lester was the third Red Sox pitcher to do it, joining Luis Tiant over the Reds in 1975 and Babe Ruth, who shut out the Cubs, 1-0, in 1918.Barry Petchesky of Deadspin offered some thoughts on the overturned umpire's call in the first inning and why new instant replay rules will not necessarily stop these blatantly blown calls from happening. He mentions
the inherent worst-case scenario of a challenge system. Say John Farrell had already used the one challenge he's allowed in the first six innings, and lost. He'd be powerless to force MLB to review an obviously blown call like this. If the institution of replay is about getting calls right, and it ought to be, then get the calls right. Don't hold accuracy hostage to an earlier, unrelated play. Again, this could be solved by giving the umpires on-scene discretion on when to review.It looks like Clay Buchholz, nursing what he called a "dead arm", will make one World Series start - Game 4. ... Xander Bogaerts is the youngest player to start a World Series game since 20-year-old Miguel Cabrera played for the Florida Marlins in 2003.
Manager John Farrell said the Sox are "strongly considering" playing Daniel Nava in left field for Games 3 and 4 because of the larger outfield dimensions at Busch Stadium. ... Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran suffered a right rib contusion making a catch on David Ortiz's potential grand slam in the first inning and is questionable for Game 2.