Red Sox Were Ready for Game One
Christopher Cushna | 10/24/13 | 4:57 PM EDT 0 Comments
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8-1 victory gives Boston a 1-0 lead in the World Series.







They don't play day games anymore in the World Series.  All of the games are in prime time. The Red Sox were ready for prime time, the Cardinals were not.

Example number one: Adam Wainwright, the St. Louis Ace, walked Jacoby Ellsbury to lead off the game. Free passes can really hurt you, especially when they come around to score. Ellsbury did, but not without controversy.

With runners on first and second and one out, David Ortiz hit a ground ball into the shift that teams use to defend the slugger. It made it difficult for the shortstop to cover the bag. The second base umpire originally ruled that there was an out at second, but an umpire conference reversed the call. Now the bases were loaded, and Mike Napoli cleared the bases with a double. Boston led 3-0.

Example number two: in the bottom of the second, Wainwright called for an easy leadoff pop up off the bat of Stephen Drew. The ball dropped to the ground just a few feet from the plate. Drew eventually scored the fourth run for the Red Sox.

Even when things went right for the Cardinals, it didn't last. With the bases loaded, still in the bottom of the second, Ortiz hit a deep blast towards the bullpen. Carlos Beltran made a tremendous catch robbing a potential grand slam. But still a run scored on what would be a sacrifice fly, and Beltran had to leave the game with an injury. Boston led 5-0.

In the fourth, the Cardinals loaded the bases with one out. But Jon Lester was able to field a ground ball back to the mound starting a 123 inning ending double play. Lester pitched seven strong innings for the victory, and Ortiz eventually did get his homerun in the 8-1 victory.
In this Article: RED SOX | CARDINALS | WORLD SERIES | DAVID ORTIZ

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