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Karen Datangel is a communications specialist, writer, connector, sports enthusiast (Go SF Giants, 49ers, and Warriors), and philanthropy-minded extroverted introvert. Born, bred, and based in the Bay Area, Karen graduated with a degree in Journalism from San Francisco State University. Her writing/media resume includes contributions to and internships with Hollywood Life, CAAMFest (Formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival), Audrey Magazine (Now part of Character Media), Bustle, Fandom, SheKnows, and POPSUGAR. She now focuses mostly on social media and communications in various industries, currently working as the Public Relations Assistant with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and having worked previously at Salesforce and Google. Outside of work, she is an active member of the Spinsters of San Francisco.

Karen Watches the 2013 World Series: Cardinals Tie Series With Come-From-Behind Rally and Game 2 Win

Boston Red Sox Jarrod Saltalamacchia was unable to handle a throw as Cardinals’ Pete Kozma scored from a sacrifice fly, which started a three-run scoring rally for the Cards in the seventh to take the lead and eventually win the game 4-2. (photo credit: AP/Matt Slocum)

When baseball players win games on walk-offs or they perform amazingly cool feats like throwing no-hitters, they are usually greeted by fellow teammates with a pie to the face. Although there was no pie present, I think the Red Sox felt like they miserably SUNK into the bottom of a massive Boston cream pie after losing Game 2 to the St. Louis Cardinals.

After momentarily taking the lead on another majestic David Ortiz two-run shot, the Red Sox lost the advantage in the seventh as they were plagued with the same bad defense disease that seemed to rock the Cardinals in Game 1. This time around, the Cardinals made it hurt with timely hitting and smart baserunning. It started with Boston starter John Lackey allowing a walk to St. Louis’ David Freese and a Jon Jay single to put two on with one out. It was then that Red Sox manager John Farrell took Lackey out for his bullpen, with Craig Breslow coming in for relief. Cardinals’ manager Mike Matheny then replaced Freese with pinch-runner Pete Kozma, who was understandably benched due to his poor performance the night before. However, Jay and Kozma started the rally for the Cardinals with their double steals of second and third with Daniel Descalso at bat, who got on with a walk to load the bases.

And then, it was “Welcome to the circus!” Or as many MLB players commented on Twitter, “Snowball fight!”

The Cardinals’ Matt Carpenter hit a fly ball to Red Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes, sending Kozma home for a game-tying sacrifice fly. However, it seemed like Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia only missed the catch by mere inches and missed the opportunity to tag Kozma out at home. Then Jay went for third, but went home for the go-ahead run on Breslow’s wild throw to third. Two errors, two runs for the Cardinals. Carlos Beltran then hit a sinking liner to left field to bring Descalso—who went to third on Breslow’s error—home for another run. I guess that right field wall didn’t do too much damage to him after all!

Meanwhile, the Red Sox couldn’t do much against Cardinals’ starter Michael Wacha, who continued his postseason domination. Despite allowing the two-run homer to Ortiz in the bottom of the sixth, he was awarded with the win. In six innings of work, he allowed three hits, two runs (both earned), and four walks and struck out six. His biggest test (And one of the biggest opportunities for the Red Sox) came in the bottom of the fourth after he allowed a lead-off double to Dustin Pedroia and a walk to Ortiz. He then induced a double-play ball to Mike Napoli, which put Pedroia at third, but Wacha got the next batter (Gomes) to pop up to end the threat.

The young arms in the Cardinals bullpen complemented Wacha and helped save the game. Carlos Martinez overcame a bobble by second baseman Carpenter to put Boston lead-off man Shane Victorino on board and an infield hit by Ortiz after two outs. He got Napoli to pop up to Kozma for the last out. Hard-throwing Trevor Rosenthal closed the game out and got the save by getting Gomes, Saltalamacchia, and Daniel Nava to strike out.

Lackey was mostly effective for Boston, but was tacked with the loss once he put Freese on a base in the seventh. In 6.1 innings of work, Lackey allowed five hits, three runs (all earned), and two walks and struck out six. He allowed the first run of the game in the top of the fourth on a lead-off Matt Holliday triple. After getting Matt Adams to lineout for the first out, Yadier Molina grounded out softly to allow Holliday to score from third.

Good defensive things: Pedroia made a nice diving play, the Red Sox’ Stephen Drew is awesome at shortstopping, and Kozma made an impressive barehanded throw.

IN A NUTSHELL: WALKA WALKA WALKA (Also, he is 22 YEARS OLD! Joe Buck will never let you live it down!), the seventh inning was nightmarish for Boston and Boston fans and the best inning ever for St. Louis and St. Louis fans, Cardinals devil magic and that’s why the Red Sox got the baseball cooties.

NEXT UP: The Series arrives at Busch Stadium in St. Louis tonight for Game 3 where the Cardinals’ Joe Kelly gets the start against the Red Sox’ Jake Peavy, who will get his first World Series start in his 12 professional seasons.

OFFICIAL SCORE: Cardinals 4, Red Sox 2
MY SCORE: Saltalamacchia 14 (Letters in his name), The number of times I am ever able to spell it correctly the first time 0
TOP PERFORMER: Jon Jay (St. Louis Cardinals — for the heads-up baserunning to give the Cards the lead)
FAVORITE PLAY OF THE GAME: Craig Breslow’s extremely accurate and divine throw to third. Game changer!

GAME 2 TIDBITS: James Taylor sang both “The Star-Spangled Banner” to open the game along as well as “America the Beautiful” in the seventh inning stretch, only to mistake the seventh inning stretch as the game opener since he sang “Oh, beautiful” before recovering to “Oh say can you see.” That was his official Patriotic Remix, apparently…Also in the seventh inning stretch, Boston Marathon survivors from this past April’s tragedy were honored on the field…Prior to the game, retired New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera was honored by Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig with the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award, only the 13th time that Major League Baseball has bestowed the honor upon someone.

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I may take the night off for a Halloween outing (Have a happy and safe one for those celebrating!), but I will be sure to provide a condensed Game 3 recap along with a Game 4 post if I can’t write a full one. Check back with us for continuing coverage of the 2013 World Series, and sound off below about your thoughts on Game 2!

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