Cardinals 4 – Red Sox 2
The Basic Storyline
Cardinals rookie pitcher Michael Wacha continued to excel in the postseason, and after taking advantage of Cardinal errors in the first game, it was the Red Sox’ turn to make some fielding gaffes.
After being the goat in game one, Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma was benched in favor of Daniel Descalso. But Kozma was later used as a pinch runner, and stole third base during the Cardinals key rally.
Slightly Below the Radar Story
After Wacha provided a strong start, the Cardinals bullpen made sure it held up, giving up no runs and only one hit in three innings of relief.
Michael Wacha – According to ESPN.com, Wacha is the 4th pitcher to win each of his first 4 career postseason games and allow 2 runs or fewer in each game.
Carlos Beltran – Due to bruised ribs suffered in game one, it was questionable if he’d even be able to play. Not only did he play, but he delivered a key hit.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia - After Kozma stole third, the next batter hit a fly ball caught by outfielder Johnny Gomes. Kozma tagged up on the play, and Gomes’ throw got away from Red Sox catcher Saltalamacchia. While the throw was offline, Saltalamacchia simply can’t allow the ball to get past him.
Craig Breslow – Red Sox reliever Breslow was wisely backing up the play, but ended up making things worse when his throw to third base sailed into left field allowing another run to score. The next batter was Beltran, who singled to drive in yet another run.
What it Means
The series now heads to St. Louis tied at one game apiece.