So … that was a hell of a Game 1, eh? Sure it ended 8-1 but there was no shortage of stuff to talk about. We had the umpires overtuning a play, a great mental mistake, a great catch and we woke up Thursday to debate what the heck was on Jon Lester’s glove.
However you add it up, the Red Sox beat the Cardinals 8-1 and now lead the Series 1-0.
Can we make a quick mention of Shane Victorino trying to throw out David Freese on a single to right with two outs in the bottom of the ninth? It resulted in a feet-first slide into the bag. Fortunately Freese didn’t injury himself. If the final out was recorded via a 9-2 putout, it would have been crazier than everything else that happened throughout the game.
Anyways, St. Louis hands the ball to rookie Michael Wacha. The 22-year-old has allowed one earned run in the postseason — an eighth-inning homer by Pittsburgh’s Pedro Alvarez in the NLDS which broke up his no-hitter.
In the wake of reversing the call on Pete Kozma’s error, the Cardinals certainly looked rattled for an inning or two. They’ll need to be sharp tonight or else they’ll be in an 0-2 hole and this will be a quick series. Carlos Beltran, bruised ribs and all, will start tonight for St. Louis.
On the other side, don’t look now but the Red Sox have won nine straight World Series games. The Sox are the new
Yankees juggernaut in October. Boston hands the ball to John Lackey — last seen shutting down the Tigers in the ALCS.
Remember after tonight we’re down to, at most, five more baseball games with Tim McCarver in our lives.