After a wild night at Fenway, here are a few thoughts:
–The umpires were correct in overturning Dana Demuth’s wrong out call in the first inning, which changed the course of the game. Shortstop Peter Kozma never had possession of Matt Carpenter’s relay.
When the umps huddled, they were unanimous in realizing Demuth made the wrong call.
Why umpires do not confer more on plays in the field is another story.
Red Sox manager John Farrell asked them to talk it over and they did.
–The Cardinals did not compose themselves after that.
Wainwright looked lost. St. Louis ended up with three errors on the night and by the time Cards Manager Mike Matheny gathered his infielders around, the score was 5-0 and the game was out of hand.
Those mistakes in a World Series tend to be fatal.
–No word Thursday morning on the health of Carlos Beltran.
In robbing David Ortiz of a grand slam, Beltran suffered a right rib contusion as he ran chest first into the bullpen wall.
After a brief checkup at Massachusetts General, Beltran was spotted at Fenway before the end of the game.
If the Cardinals are to win the series, they need him playing.
–Lester was nothing short of magnificent.
Unlike his previous playoff outings where he was too nervous and overthrowing, Lester was in complete control from the start.
In his 112 pitches, 11 of those were swings and misses while St. Louis looked at 20 strikes.
When the Cards did make contact, they hit 11 grounders to eight fly balls.
Lester did not let the situation get to him. Instead, he defined the moment.
–By the time Wainwright settled down, it was too late.
From the second to the fifth inning, Wainwright retired nine straight, but trailed by five.
Wainwright also induced 12 fly balls. Not a recipe for success at Fenway.
–The lone Cardinals left-handed reliever gave up a moon shot to Ortiz on the first pitch offered in the seventh.
Ortiz’s two-run blast off Kevin Siegrist came on a belt-high fastball over the middle of the plate.
You might as well have put it on a tee.
–Xander Bogaerts struck out twice in Game 1.
He had the look of a rookie. It will be interesting to see if Will Middlebrooks starts Game 2.
*All statistics courtesy of Baseball Reference.
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