World Series Game Summary - St. Louis at Boston|
(Wednesday, October 23rd)
Final Score: Boston 8, St. Louis 1
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Napoli staked Jon Lester to an early
lead in Game 1 of the World Series and the Red Sox lefty did the rest.
Lester limited the St. Louis Cardinals to five hits and struck out eight over
7 2/3 scoreless innings as Boston took the opener of the Fall Classic, 8-1, in
front of an approving crowd at Fenway Park.
The Red Sox jumped on Adam Wainwright early via Napoli's three-run double in
the first inning, and David Ortiz added a home run and three RBI in the rout
-- Boston's ninth straight World Series victory.
St. Louis did not record an extra-base hit against Lester (1-0), committed
three errors and lost All-Star slugger Carlos Beltran to a right rib contusion
in the second inning when the right fielder robbed Ortiz of a grand slam.
X-rays and a CT scan came back negative, and Beltran is considered day-to-day.
Wainwright (0-1) only lasted five frames after getting touched for five runs
-- three earned -- on six hits for the NL champs, whose only offense came on
Matt Holliday's home run in the ninth.
"We went right after them. We pounded them in," said Lester, who became the
third pitcher in World Series history to post scoreless starts in his first
two Fall Classic outings. "We wanted to set the tone and get them swinging."
This is the fourth time these storied franchises have met in the Fall Classic.
St. Louis won the first two in 1946 and 1967, and the Red Sox famously
returned the favor in 2004 to end their 86-year title drought.
The Game 1 winner has won nine of the last 10 World Series, but St. Louis has
an ace in the hole in Michael Wacha, who will start Game 2 on Thursday after
giving up just one run in 21 innings this postseason. The Red Sox will counter
will John Lackey.
Wacha hopes for a better World Series starting debut than Wainwright, who
walked the first batter he faced and did not look like his 19-game winning
self out of the gate.
After Dustin Pedroia singled with one out in the first, the Cardinals ace
induced a potential inning-ending double-play ball off the bat of Ortiz, but
Pete Kozma dropped Matt Carpenter's flip to the second-base bag.
Second base umpire Dana DeMuth caused a brief firestorm by ruling Kozma lost
control on the exchange and Pedroia out at second as a result. Red Sox manager
John Farrell sprung from the dugout to argue, and after an extended meeting
with all six umpires, the call was reversed. Mike Matheny, who like Farrell is
managing in his first World Series, went out for a heated exchange with the
men in blue, but his appeal fell on deaf ears.
"What was explained was they wanted to get the call right. And they got
together as a group, and five of them believed that the call was different
than the one that was made," explained Matheny. "It's a pretty tough time to
debut that over-ruled call in the World Series. Now, I get that trying to get
the right call, I get that. Tough one to swallow."
With the bases now loaded, Napoli delivered a line drive into the left-field
gap. A generous bounce off the Green Monster allowed Ortiz to score all the
way from first after Jacoby Ellsbury and Pedroia easily crossed the plate.
Boston loaded the bases again in the second. Wainwright and his battery mate,
Yadier Molina, stared at one another as Stephen Drew's pop up fell between
them to start the inning. David Ross tacked on a single, and two batters later
Kozma couldn't handle Shane Victorino's tough ground ball in the hole.
Following the error, Pedroia dribbled one past a diving David Freese to bring
in a run, and Ortiz brought the crowd to its feet when he belted a pitch deep
to right field. Beltran, though, casually made a grand slam-saving catch at
the wall just as he ran into it, and Ross tagged up and scored for the AL
In obvious pain after making the catch, Beltran went to the locker room the
next half-inning, and Jon Jay took his place in the lineup. The Cardinals
announced later Beltran was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.
St. Louis had just one single through three innings and left five runners on
the next two frames. Freese, the 2011 World Series MVP, hit into a 1-2-3
double play with the bases loaded in the fourth, and Jay grounded out to
strand a pair the next inning.
An error by Freese with two outs in the seventh kept the inning alive, and
Ortiz greeted Kevin Siegrist with a shot into the right-field seats to make it
a 7-0 game.
Red Sox rookie Xander Bogaerts added a sacrifice fly in the eighth before
Holliday spoiled Boston's shutout bid with a no-doubter off Ryan Dempster.
For just the third time in MLB history, the teams squaring off in the World
Series had identical records (97-65) during the regular season ... Boston
swept the Cardinals and Rockies in the 2004 and '07 World Series, respectively
... Lester, who owns a 2.07 ERA in 10 postseason starts, became the third Red
Sox left-hander to start Game 1 of a World Series, joining Babe Ruth (1918)
and Bruce Hurst (1986). His five postseason wins are the most ever by a Boston
lefty ... Ortiz matched Beltran with 16 career postseason home runs -- good
for eighth all-time ... Allen Craig, playing for the first time since
suffering a foot injury on Sept. 4, batted cleanup for St. Louis and went 1-
for-4 ... Beltran was playing in his first World Series game after playing in
2,064 career regular season games ... Ortiz and Molina are the only holdovers
from the 2004 World Series between these clubs ... Since 1993, every home team
to win Game 1 has gone on to win the World Series.
10/24 00:18:11 ET