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Cardinals take advantage of defensive miscues to take lead in Game 2

Oct 24, 2013, 10:35 PM EDT

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David Ortiz put the Red Sox ahead in the bottom of the sixth inning with a two-run homer, but the lead didn’t last long.

After John Lackey was pulled with two on and one out in the top of the seventh in favor of Craig Breslow, Pete Kozma and Jon Jay executed a double-steal before Daniel Descalso drew a walk to load the bases. Matt Carpenter then hit a fly ball to left field which was caught by Jonny Gomes, but Kozma was able to beat out a weak throw to the plate which got away from Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Breslow, who was backing up home plate, then made an errant throw to third base which allowed Jay to score the go-ahead run and Descalso to advance to third. Carlos Beltran put an exclamation point on the rally by hitting an RBI single to right field to extend the Cardinals’ lead to 4-2. Now that’s one disaster frame.

Michael Wacha is suddenly in position for the victory as Game 2 of the World Series moves to the bottom of the seventh inning.

  1. perryt200 - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    GO CARDS!!!!

    • Old Gator - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:48 PM

      Quiet! My dog is trying to sleep.

  2. gameover78 - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Brilliant move bringing in Breslow and keeping him in….dumbass! Workman should have been brought in with a 2-1 lead.

    • Glenn - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:11 PM

      Not a bad move, just didn’t work out. Breslow is good against both lefties and righties and has been the second best option out of the pen this year after Uehara.

      • happytwinsfan - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:33 PM

        gloat gloat. i told ja, ex twins lefty, not a good move, series tied up.


  3. hustleandflomax - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Wacha is an impressive pitcher but Carlos Martinez, to me, is the crown jewel of the Cards’ system. His stuff is SICK.

    • cohnjusack - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:04 PM

      Scary part:

      Rosenthal and Martinez are only in the bullpen for the time being. The are rotation bound in 2014 or 2015 at the latest.

      • bfunk1978 - Oct 25, 2013 at 9:12 AM

        I don’t think there’s room for both in the rotation in ’14. Well there probably will be because I’m sure Jaime Garcia won’t be healthy. But Matheny/Mozeilak have some sort of hardon for Lance Lynn where two years running he’s just out of gas by September and he’s been a liability in the playoffs this year.

        I’m hoping for Wainwright, Martinez, Miller, Wacha, and Garcia. And once one of them goes down it’ll probably be Joe Kelly again. I think Rosenthal is a closer-in-waiting. Closer-in-actuality right now, but I’d be surprised if Motte is back 100% after TJ next year.

    • gibbyfan - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:28 PM

      Shelby milller is right up there with both of them…….hope he gets a chance to get into the mix

  4. Glenn - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Apropos of nothing, but Joe Buck just mentioned that the intro to the ninth inning Fox music was a new song by Pearl Jam – “Animal”. The song is as old as Wacha. Nice job, Joe.

    • tfbuckfutter - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:13 PM


      However, what is really weird is that Pearl Jam’s album Ten was released August 27th 1991….

      Michael Wacha wasn’t even 2 months old then.

    • tfbuckfutter - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:15 PM

      Also interesting, Wacha was 14 when the song Animals from Nickelback came out.

      So he probably had it on MP3.

      • bucrightoff - Oct 25, 2013 at 8:46 AM

        I hope he doesn’t, that means he probably listens to good music instead,

  5. tfbuckfutter - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    If the Sox lose this game, with a question mark in Peavy and an “injured” Clay coming up (Yeah I don’t want to spell his weird last name….that is like trying to spell the name of the state the team he pitches for is from….Although I can still spell Yastrzemski….go figure) the Series could very well favor the opposing team.

    • Glenn - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:14 PM

      All the Cards had to do was win one of the first two in Fenway. It’s looking good for them right now. Especially after Gomes was left in to strike out against a right-hander. What is he, .150 or less in this post-season?

      • tfbuckfutter - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:17 PM

        Once you hit the bottom of the order, it’s kind of a given that you are moving to the next inning.

        Gomes and Drew are terrible. Bogearts at least provides some hope, but yeah….I’m pretty sure Gomes only hits behind Napoli in the hopes that the pitcher forgets that he’s no longer pitching to Napoli.

      • cur68 - Oct 25, 2013 at 12:37 AM

        Great theory on why Gomer’s in there. It’s the beard. Looks enough like Napoli’s face rug to fool the pitchers, y’think? It’s gotta be something like that. Either that bears pubis is for cammo or he’s got dirt on Farrell. There’s no other reason for Gomer to be in the lineup. I’m pretty sick of watching him grind at his scalp with that batting helmet. It’s like he has some sort of strange head fungus that he MUST agitate prior to swinging at baseballs. Nava now, please.

  6. pastabelly - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    This one hurts because the Sox are losing a game in much the same way others have lost to them – Cards capitalized on mistakes.

    • dan1111 - Oct 25, 2013 at 6:20 AM

      The Sox are losing in much the same way as others lost to them: by not scoring as many runs as the other team.

  7. wilkisoft - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Love Drew’s glove, bit I HATE his bat.

    • cohnjusack - Oct 25, 2013 at 1:01 AM

      I understand he has had a rough post-season, but please…we Cardinals fans have spent all year with Pete Kozma’s bat at shortstop. Of the 24 shortstops with at least 400 PAs, Drew ranked 6th in wOBA. Pete Kozma ranked…24th out of 24.

      • emykk - Oct 25, 2013 at 2:59 AM

        Yeah, and then we had to watch him forget how to play defense last night, as well.

      • gibbyfan - Oct 25, 2013 at 7:21 AM

        It’s often overlooked but the Cards took a huge hit when they lost Furcal for the season..amazing that they could overcome that.

      • paperlions - Oct 25, 2013 at 8:20 AM

        Wow, I figured Koz would have ranked about 35th out of 24, with 11 empty roster spots having a higher wOBA than he did.

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