The Boston Red Sox have taken a 1-0 lead over the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series with an 8-1 win in Boston on Wednesday night, taking advantage of some sloppy Cardinal mistakes.
The first-inning alone was a 31-pitch marathon for Adam Wainwright, the Cardinal starter and losing pitcher. A walk, a hit and a disputed error on shortstop Peter Kozma loaded the bases for the Red Sox and they capitalized on the error when the next hitter, first baseman Mike Napoli, promptly hit a bases-clearing double to stake the Red Sox to an early 3-0 lead.
The Cardinals emphasize great fundamental play but on this night they made three errors on baseball's biggest stage.
Meanwhile Boston starting pitcher, lefty Jon Lester, pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings in which he walked one and struck out eight. David Ross, the former Gator and now Boston catcher, says Lester was great at keeping the Cardinals off balance.
“He's getting his pitches over, he's throwing…a scout report. I think that we're going to be able to throw some back down cutters. He got that thing working early on for some punch outs and he threw strikes. I think for him a fast ball mix in and out to get those guys off balance. They were aggressive; we thought they were going to come out swinging the bats aggressive. And then he threw some great change ups late there, a stellar performance by him.”
Game 2 is tonight at 8 in Boston's venerable Fenway Park. Veteran Red Sox starter John Lackey getting the ball while the visiting Cardinals send rookie Michael Wacha to the hill. You can listen to the game live on ESPN 850 WRUF.