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Karen Watches the 2013 World Series: Red Sox Turn Cardinals Into Feathers in Game 1 Rout

This missed catch error from the Cardinals' shortstop Pete Kozma (Which was ruled as an error after the umpires overturned a blown call) blew the game open for the opposing Boston Red Sox in the second inning of Game 1 at Fenway Park (photo: AP/Charles Krupa).

This missed catch error from the Cardinals’ shortstop Pete Kozma (Which was ruled as an error after the umpires overturned a blown call) blew the game open for the opposing Boston Red Sox in the second inning of Game 1 at Fenway Park (photo: AP/Charles Krupa).

The Boston Red Sox had quite a few standout players to help them secure an 8-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 on Wednesday night in front of their hometown faithful. However, they may also want to give a little bit of credit to some of the Cardinals players for their field follies. First, young St. Louis shortstop Pete Kozma missed a catch that could have been part of an inning-ending double play in the bottom of the first. The Cardinals were almost let off-the-hook when second-base umpire Dana DeMuth called Boston’s Dustin Pedroia out, but that brought all of the umpires together to overrule the call and rule Kozma’s error, which loaded the bases with 1 out. Then Mike Napoli came up to the plate and cleared the bases with a double to center field, which Shane Robinson was unable to get a handle on. That’s beard magic in place, y’all! Red Sox struck first with three runs on the board.

Boston started their next rally thanks to another comical error. Stephen Drew hit a routine pop-up near the pitchers’ mound but apparently, it was rocket science for Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright and catcher Yadier Molina. The two looked up at it, then straight at each other with “Whoops” faces as the ball fell between them. Yikes. The Red Sox weren’t done with the offensive onslaught—Pedroia hit an RBI single to make the score 4-0—and the Cardinals weren’t done napping. You’d think the kid (Kozma) would have bounced back, but evil beard magic must have possessed him with the spirit of Brooks Conrad as yet ANOTHER mistake again loaded the bases in the bottom of the second with only one out, in a failed attempt to backhand a ball hit by Shane Victorino. This time, David Ortiz, hoping to repeat his grand slam heroics from ALCS Game 2, had the opportunity to really put the game out of reach. For a moment, it looked like he would as Ortiz hit a long fly ball to the right field wall—the same spot where he hit the last salami. Going, going…Bel-TRAN??!

Yup, Cardinals’ right fielder Carlos Beltran made a miraculous catch over the bullpen wall to rob Ortiz and transformed four more runs into just one run and one out on a sac fly. Unfortunately, the collision with the wall forced Beltran out of the game with a right rib contusion. As of press time, X-rays and CT scan of the affected area came up as negative, but the veteran outfielder’s status is now listed as day-to-day. Could be worse news for the Cards, but it’s still a damper seeing how Beltran has been so valuable with his glove and bat this postseason.

Ortiz later got the big fly he wanted innings ago, with a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh off of Cardinals reliever Kevin Siegrist, only put in the game after manager Mike Matheny channeled in his inner Tony La Russa using bullpen roulette. Rookie Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth for the last run in Boston’s total. St. Louis’ only run came from a solo homer hit by Matt Holliday in the top of the ninth, off of Ryan Dempster.

While Robinson and first baseman Matt Adams made some stellar defensive plays for the Cardinals (Only second to Beltran’s catch, of course), the game will be remembered more for the lack of baseball basics played the St. Louis defense. Their bats were also silenced, thanks to the remarkable performance of Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester. The lefty only allowed five hits and no runs and struck out eight over 7 2/3 innings. Wainwright’s outing for the Cardinals was uncharacteristic, though he obviously was not assisted by his defense. Wainwright allowed five runs (three earned) on six hits in five innings of work.

IN A NUTSHELL: The Red Sox can hit, Jon Lester knows how to throw baseballs, Carlos Beltran creates miracles but must sacrifice himself, LOL Cardinals again and again and again

NEXT UP: In Game 2 tonight, the Cardinals’ rookie Michael Wacha will face off against the seasoned John Lackey of the Red Sox. The Red Sox will need to solve the skilled Wacha to get something on the board. The Cardinals just need to remember how to play baseball.

OFFICIAL SCORE: Red Sox 8, Cardinals 1
MY SCORE: Baseball Fundamentals 2, Cardinals 0
TOP PERFORMER: Jon Lester (Red Sox)
FAVORITE PLAY OF THE GAME: Carlos Beltran’s catch in right field (Honorable Mention for Favorite Misplay: Yadier Molina not being able to catch Stephen Drew’s pop-up)

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Check back with us for continuing coverage of the 2013 World Series, and sound off below about your thoughts on Game 1!

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