Red Sox Capitalize on Cardinal Mistakes, Take Game 1 of World Series

The Red Sox cruised to an easy 8-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals last night in game one of the 2013 World Series, at Fenway Park. Starter Jon Lester pitched 7.2 shutout innings, and the Red Sox scored more than enough runs in the first inning to secure a victory.

With bases loaded in the first with one out, First Baseman Mike Napoli hit a double off Cardinals Starter, Adam Wainwright into Centerfield which emptied the bases to give the Red Sox a 3-0 lead. Centerfielder Shane Robinson mishandled the ball, which allowed David Ortiz to score from first base, but it was not ruled an error on Robinson.

Ortiz slides safely into home on Napoli's base clearing triple

Ortiz slides safely into home on Napoli’s base clearing triple

Earlier in the inning, shortstop Pete Kozma committed an error when David Ortiz hit a ground ball to 2nd, and Matt Carpenter soft tossed the ball to Kozma covering 2nd base. Kozma’s glove touched the ball, but he never had it in his glove. The initial call by the 2nd base umpire was that he had dropped the ball on the transition, and that Pedroia was out at 2nd. After John Farrell argued, the Umpires discussed, and overturned the initial call, which set up the bases loaded scenario for Napoli.

To lead off the bottom of the 2nd inning, Stephen Drew “singled” on a pop fly to the pitcher. Although it was officially ruled a hit, there was no excuse why it shouldn’t have been caught by the Cardinals. The pop fly went straight up towards the pitchers mound, and with the Catcher, Yadier Molina coming in on it, Wainwright called off Molina, and the two stopped and watched the ball fall in-between them. Drew who was batting just .086 in the playoffs prior to that hit, will gladly take credit for a hit.

After a David Ross single, and a Jacoby Ellsbury fly out, Shane Victorino reached on an error by Shortstop Pete Kozma which loaded the bases. The play for Kozma would have been a hard to make, as he was going to his right, and with a speedy Victorino, he probably would not have had a play. Regardless, it was ruled an error on Kozma, his 2nd in as many innings.

With the Bases Juiced, Ortiz stepped to the plate, and drove a 2-0 fastball deep to Right field, but he was robbed by rightfielder Carlos Beltran, who ran into the wall, and was able to make the catch as the ball was heading into the Cardinals bullpen. The play scored a run, and gave the Red Sox a 5-0 lead, and Beltran remained in the game for the rest of the inning.

In the bottom of the 3rd he was replaced by John Jay, and was taken to Mass General Hospital to get his ribs checked. The initial report was that he had a rib contusion, and was reported that he was seen back in the Cardinals clubhouse around the 8th inning. Losing Beltran would be huge for St. Louis, and they are hoping he’s good to go for tonight.

Molina and Wainwright watch a fly ball drop between them in the 2nd inning

Molina and Wainwright watch a fly ball drop between them in the 2nd inning

The scoring the Red Sox did early on was more than enough for Lester who cruised through the first 3 innings, before getting in is only jam of the night in the 4th inning. With bases loaded and one out for the Cardinals, Lester fell behind in the count to David Freese 2-1. But on a 2-1 pitch, Freese hit a chopper back to the mound, and Lester calmly threw to home for the second out of the inning, and Ross threw down to first to complete the double play.

Lester would end up pitching into the 8th inning, and came out with 8 strikeouts, 1 walk, and no runs allowed on 5 hits, while only throwing 112 pitches. On the other side, Wainwright pitched 5 innings allowing 5 runs, 3 of which were earned, with 4 strikeouts on 95 pitches. There was a lot of hype surrounding Wainwright before the game, and he did not live up to it at all.

Still up 5-0 in the bottom of the 7th, David Ortiz caught a hold of another ball, this time off rookie Carlos Martinez, and this one found the bullpen which put the Red Sox up 7-0. The homerun was Ortiz’s 1st World Series homerun since game 1 of the 2004 World Series against the Cardinals, at Fenway. The Red Sox would take on another run in the 8th, and the Cardinals lone run came in the top of the ninth on a Matt Holliday homerun off Ryan Dempster.

The win was the Red Sox was the 9th consecutive World Series game win for the franchise, which ties the active streak, which is held by the Reds. The Sox will try to make that a 10 game World Series Winning streak tonight when they send John Lackey to the mound to square off against rookie, Michael Wacha.

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