Game 1: Boston wins 8-1 over St. Louis
Fenway Park proved too much for the Cardinals as errors and mistakes cost them an 8-1 loss to the Red Sox Wednesday night.
Boston’s Mike Napoli’s offense helped teammate Jon Lester to an early lead in Game 1 of the World Series with Lester heading the defense.
The Red Sox lefty pitcher held out 7 2/3 scoreless innings with eight strike outs and five allowed hits.
Cardinal pitcher Adam Wainwright struggled early which was taken advantage of by Napoli with a three run double in the first inning. After walking his first batter of the game, Wainwright only lasted five innings but not before granting the Red Sox five runs.
Carlos Beltran was hurt early in the second inning with a rib contusion after catching a would-be grand slam off of the wall hit by David Ortiz.
The only score for St. Louis came in the ninth inning with a homerun by Matt Holiday.
This is Boston’s ninth straight series victory.
The tides could turn Thursday night as the Cardinals throw rookie pitcher Michael Wacha into the mix. Game 2 begins at 5:07 on FOX.
Game 2: St. Louis ties the series 1-1 after 4-2 win
The St. Louis Cardinals came back strong Thursday night against the Red Sox with a stunning 4-2 win. Boston stumbled on mistakes, one of which cost them the win.
The level of pitching was matched tonight between John Lackey and Michael Wacha.
Matt Holiday’s fourth inning triple off the outfield wall started the decline of the Red Sox mental stamina. Holiday was brought in to score after a ground out hit by Yadier Molina.
The seemingly unhittable Wacha walked Dustin Pedroia who was hit in on a home run by David Ortiz late in the sixth inning.
Trouble for the Red Sox stirred in the seventh as Lackey walked David Freese and allowed Jon Jay to get a single. A pitching change was made for Craig Breslow to change the tone, which only led to the walk of David Descalso.
With bases loaded, Matt Carpenter landed a sacrifice fly to Jonny Gomes in left field, allowing Freese to tag up and shoot for home. Gomes throw was just wide and with Breslow backing up the plate, he picked up the ball and made an unnecessary throw to third that went high into the stands which allowed Jay to score.
Carlos Beltran singled in Descalso for the final score of 4-2.
The series is now tied 1-1.
Game three will be on Saturday at 5:07, this time allowing the Cardinals to have home field advantage at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
Game 3: Controversial call leads to Cardinals win 5-4
A ninth inning obstruction call in favor of the Cardinals led to the 5-4 win to put St. Louis above Boston in the series 2-1 Saturday night.
Starting pitcher for the Cardinals Jake Peavy allowed hits from four of the first five batters, though the Cardinals only managed two runs.
Xander Bogaerts tripled in the fifth and is brought in by a single by Mike Carp. The game was tied up at two all after Shane Victorino scored in the sixth from a series of singles.
With Craig Breslow pitching for Boston, St. Louis ran in two with a double by Matt Holliday in the seventh.
The game was tied up yet again at four all going into the bottom of the ninth as Boston came up on defense.
And cue the controversy.
With Yadier Molina on third after a double by Allen Craig left him on second, John Jay hit a sharp grounder to Dustin Pedroia at second who threw home on instinct, catching Molina for the out.
Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia threw low to third in an attemt to get the double play on Craig resulting in third baseman Will Middlebrooks and Craig both on the floor. Craig got up and attemted to run with Middlebrooks still on the floor who bent his legs up in the air causing Craig to stumble.
After an awkward slide home and an obvious out, the umpire signaled safe then pointed to third indicating the obstruction call on Middlebrooks.
The walk-off obstruction call ended the game 5-4 in favor of St. Louis, a never before seen happening.
Game four will be played at 5:07 Sunday night in St. Louis.
Game 4: Boston ties up series with a 4-2 after a first ever game winning pickoff
A pickoff play by the Red Sox ends game four in their favor to tie up the series 2-2 on Sunday night.
The first run was put onto the board in the bottom of the third by St. Louis’ Matt Carpenter after being hit in by Carlos Beltran’s line drive single to centerfield.
A double by David Ortiz in the top of the fifth followed by Jonny Gomes and Xander Bogaerts walks puts Boston bases loaded.
A sacrifice fly to Matt Holliday in right field by Stephen Drew brought in David Ortiz for a tied game.
Lance Lynn started pitching for the Cardinals in the sixth and was soon switched out after allowing a single by Dustin Pedroia and walking Ortiz.
With Seth Maness on the mound, first batter Gomes hit a three run home run to left center field to being the score to 4-1.
Shane Robinson doubled late in the seventh, to be brought in soon after by a single to right field by Carpenter for a score of 4-2.
The history books were rewritten as closing Boston pitcher Koji Uehara was brought in in the ninth. After a single by injured Allen Craig, pitch runner Kolten Wong came in to take first. With two outs and Beltran at the plate, Wong took a large lead off in hopes of stealing second base which caught the eye of Uehara. With a bullet throw low to the base, Wong was caught for the third out an the first ever pickoff, game ending call.
Two games, two mind-blowing end-of-the-game calls.
Catch game 5 to see who will break the tie Monday night at 5:07 on FOX.
Game 5: Red Sox one away from series win after dominating 3-1
St. Louis falls behind in the series 3-2 after a tremendous win by Boston in game five Monday night.
The game was tied at 1-1 until the seventh when David Ross of the Red Sox hit one run in with a ground-rule double against Adam Wainwright followed by a two out single by Jacob Ellsbury.
Wainwright held the mound with 10 strike outs and only one walk.
The Cardinals could barely hold up against the Boston lefty Jon Lester with little but Matt Holliday’s solo homer in the fifth.
Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, whose double batted in the first run, tied the World Series record after getting on base nine times in a row. Ortiz has 11 hits in 15 World Series at-bat’s this year for an outstanding batting average of .733.
Both teams take to Boston’s Fenway Park on Wednesday night for game six where the Red Sox have the potential to win it all on their home turf for the first time since 1915.