Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Red Sox have jumped on Adam
Wainwright early and are poised to break open Game 1 of the World Series.
Mike Napoli hit a three-run double in the first inning and the Red Sox added
two more runs in the second as they lead the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-0, through
three frames in the opener of the 109th edition of the Fall Classic.
An evenly-matched World Series on paper has been anything but out of the gate.
The Cardinals have committed two errors -- both by shortstop Pete Kozma -- and
have only recorded one single against Lon Lester, who has thrown just 35
pitches while striking out four.
Wainwright, on the other hand, has been shaky in his first World Series start.
The Cardinals ace issued a rare leadoff walk that led to three runs in the
first inning and had a miscommunication with catcher Yadier Molina on a
routine pop up in the second. Three of the five runs he has given up have been
To make matters worse for the NL champs, Carlos Beltran exited in the third
inning with an apparent rib injury.
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.
Only Boston's David Ortiz and Molina remain from the matchup from nine years
ago, and Ortiz was prominently involved in a controversial play in the first
inning Wednesday when he bounced into what appeared to be a tailor-made double
play with one out and runners on first and second.
Kozma dropped Matt Carpenter's flip to the second-base bag, however, and Dana
DeMuth's ensuing call caused a firestorm. The second base umpire ruled Kozma
lost control on the exchange and Dustin 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.
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 Molina stared at
one another as Stephen Drew's pop up dropped between them to start the inning.
David Ross followed with a single, and two batters later Kozma couldn't handle
Shane Victorino's tough ground ball in the hole.
Pedroia singled past a diving David Freese at third to bring in a run, and
Ortiz brought the Fenway Park crowd to its feet when he belted a pitch deep to
Beltran, though, casually made a grand slam-saving catch at the wall after
running into it, and Ross tagged up and scored for a 5-0 lead 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 Game 1 winner has won nine of the last 10 World Series.
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