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Red Sox pour it on, lead Cardinals 6-0 in Game 6

Oct 30, 2013, 9:48 PM EDT

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The party has already begun at Fenway Park.

After plating three runs in the bottom of the third inning, the Red Sox tacked on three more in the bottom of the fourth, driving Cardinals rookie starter Michael Wacha to an early shower and grabbing a massive 6-0 lead in this World Series Game 6. Lance Lynn came on for Wacha and was also punished by the locked-in Red Sox attack.

The Cardinals have continued to make good contact off Boston starter John Lackey, but clutch hits have been hard to come by all series for this St. Louis offense that excelled in those situations during the regular season. It’s shaping up to be a wild night on the streets of Boston.

The Red Sox haven’t won a decisive World Series game in front of their home fans since 1918.

  1. cohnjusack - Oct 30, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    The Cardinals can still win this. Here’s the scenario I see playing out:

    1. Matt Carpenter draws a walk.
    2. Carlos Beltran doubles, 2nd + 3rd
    3. As Matt Holliday steps to the plate, a SWAT team descends on the field and arrests every member of the Red Sox organization for secretly running a drug cartel. Only Ryan Dempster is spared
    4. Dempster is forced to pitch the rest of the game with no fielders behind him.

    Ahh hell, the Cardinals would still lose 6-5 after Dempster strikes out 14 Cardinals who inexplicably stared at called third strikes.

    What really kills me is that the Cardinals could have had this. If only they were better at hitting, fielding and pitching than the Red Sox, they’d have had this in the bag. Any one of the three would have been nice actually…

    Congratulations to the 2013 Red Sox. I hate you and hope your kids never learn to read.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:02 PM

      You are my favorite thing about the Cardinals organization. I hope we play you every year so I can get more of your witty banter.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:06 PM

      And by the way. My kids will learn not to read good just fine without you.

    • apkyletexas - Oct 30, 2013 at 11:19 PM

      I remember a 9th inning of a game 6 a couple years ago that didn’t go quite the way they wanted for an AL team against the Cards.

      I’m just sayin – if I was a Cards fan, I wouldn’t be so quick to give up. As long as David Freese is still breathing, I’d still have some hope.

  2. thebadguyswon - Oct 30, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    St Louis’ bats just never showed up. That and Wacha was awful.

    • Glenn - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:02 PM

      They showed up, they were just National League bats. Welcome to the big leagues.

    • Glenn - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:07 PM

      And run-downs are Little League.

    • thebadguyswon - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:12 PM

      HA! Yeah right, so that’s why the National League bats won the series the three years prior. Got it.

    • cohnjusack - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:15 PM

      Alternately, they did show up but the Red Sox pitching showed up much, much more.

      Or, the Cardinals ability to hit like God with runners in scoring position was exposed as being the product of extremely good luck and not skill based.

      • thebadguyswon - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:18 PM

        St Louis had one of the best offenses in baseball. Boston shut them down. Easy to do with a little help from blue.

        http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/matt-carpenter-and-a-strike-most-amazing/

      • cohnjusack - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:21 PM

        Yes, that was a fuck-awful call. That fuck-awful call was not responsible for losing 4 games.

      • grumpyoleman - Oct 31, 2013 at 9:22 AM

        Sox had more Grit.

      • mornelithe - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:13 PM

        1 bad strike call, accounts for 107 other outs? Really?

  3. proudlycanadian - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Congratulations to the Red Sox for winning the World Series.

  4. peterjohnjoseph - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Man.. I live next to the train station here in Malden (10 minutes to Boston via train, another 20 to Kenmore to get off by Fenway), but I really don’t feel like missing the rest of the game just to stand in the streets and wait. My biggest fear is obviously that its only half way through the game, and we’ve jumped the gun plenty before. It would be a gamble, but this really doesn’t happen all that often in a lifetime.. If I miss a mass orgy at every corner, I’ll be pretty bummed.

    • ditchparrot19 - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:08 PM

      Yeah, I’d go if I were you.

  5. franklinandbashandflorio - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Almost Human>BOS 6-0

    • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:03 PM

      This game lasting more than 9 innings>Almost Human lasting more than 9 episodes.

  6. baconholybacon - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    To send in that tub of shit Lynn was inexcusable. Through this entire postseason, the Cards look like they’re batting with toothpicks, and the Sox are just teeing off out there. Congrats to them.

    • cohnjusack - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:20 PM

      Best fans in baseball everybody!

      Lance Lynn is 26, strikes out a batter an inning, and can be very good if he figures out how to not fall apart 1 inning every start. Mellow out.

  7. cohnjusack - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    If there is to be some consolation for Cardinals fans, it’s that they spare their fans any tension during games that eliminate them from the postseason. They lose it early and thoroughly.

    2013: 6-0 (so far)
    2012: 9-0
    2009: 5-1
    2005: 5-1
    2004: 3-0

    Yep, outscored 28-2 in games that eliminated them. This is actually much easier to swallow then losing 2-1 on a walkoff single (damn you Tony Womack!!!!).

    • happytwinsfan - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:20 PM

      what about 1987?

      • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:23 PM

        He’s talking about games they ultimately ended up losing. His point is, when they lose, at least its like a bandaid. You know its done pretty quick. Not a nail biter that drags you along until the end.

      • cohnjusack - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:26 PM

        I purposefully chose the 2004 cutoff because this way I eliminated the 2002 and 2001 postseasons, which both ended with walk-off hits (both off Steve Kline actually).

        But, yes, the did get their ass kicked in 87 and 85 (though they were up 4-2 at one point in 87).
        In 1968, it was a 0-0 game until the 7th inning (damn you Curt Flood!!!!…I guess. That was 14 years before I was born to it’s hard to emotionally invested in that one), that wouldn’t really qualify as an ass kicking.

      • happytwinsfan - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:36 PM

        i was growing up in muskegon michigan in 1968 and the spirit of mickey lolich is how i know that god prefers the american league.

        oh, oh. the cards have broken the ice and they have runners at the corners with two outs. the lord works in mysterious ways.

    • happytwinsfan - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:22 PM

      and 1968?

      • happytwinsfan - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:24 PM

        take that tim mccarver!

      • cohnjusack - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:30 PM

        Here’s a weird 1968 line

        Bottom of the 8th, Cardinals trailing 3-1

        Phil Gagliano pinch hits for Dal Maxvill (SS) batting 8th
        b8 0-3 0 — O STL P. Gagliano M. Lolich 2% 96% Groundout: 3B-1B
        b8 0-3 1 — O STL B. Gibson M. Lolich 1% 97% Strikeout
        b8 0-3 2 — STL L. Brock M. Lolich -1% 96% Walk
        b8 0-3 2 1– O STL J. Javier M. Lolich 2% 98% Bunt Groundout: 3B-1B

        The Cardinals pinch hit for .627 OPSing Dal Maxville for a worse hitter. Then let .170 hitting Bob Gibson hit for himself. (Someone will point out that Bob Gibson was a good hitter. WRONG. Bob Gibson was a good hitter for a pitcher. That is a very important nuance).

  8. tfbuckfutter - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    “I’m telling you guys, these Sox are going to be better than you think”

    -No one in April

    The only thing that hasn’t been unbelievable about this season was when they lost the division lead to the Rays.

    Hell, even now I am still like 60% sure they are going to blow it.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:20 PM

      So does this mean the Celtics have a chance?

      No. Still no.

    • mcsnide - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:31 PM

      They’re chanting “LACK-EY” at Fenway. Pretty sure no one saw that coming either.

  9. ditchparrot19 - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Nice execution on that rundown, Cardinals!

    When a team makes four throws, the runner should automatically be safe at the base he started from.

    • cohnjusack - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:17 PM

      Meh,

      At this point I’m surprised someone didn’t just sit down Indian style on the infield and start pouting.

    • jwbiii - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:21 PM

      That play just said, “Time to call and get a tee time.”

    • jcmeyer10 - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:46 PM

      Somebody should have yelled “PICKLLLLEEEE” because that play was Sandlot quality.

  10. peterjohnjoseph - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Someone please upload that Ellsbury run down with the Benny Hill theme song over it, and a few random British Police officers edited in for effect.

    Please.

    • drewzducks - Oct 30, 2013 at 11:21 PM

      Don’t forget the scantily clad lasses and Dustin P as the old little bald man…

  11. misterdreamer119 - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    no disrespect to the Cardinals they whipped my Dodgers, but this series could have been a sweep if not for Breslow. Go Red Sox.

    • happytwinsfan - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:42 PM

      breslow, an ex twin. god’s will.

  12. mnwildfan15 - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Sweet Caroline will be loud tonight

  13. j0esixpack - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    An yes… I remember that 1918 World Series (hailing turned 113 years young this past June)

    The celebration in the streets was unreal – people tipping over Model Ts in celebration… Complete bedlam

    • tfbuckfutter - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:41 PM

      My favorite part was perusing the photograph plates uploaded to Hourstagram the next day.

      • tfbuckfutter - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:42 PM

        Especially the ones using the old-tymey filter.

  14. ditchparrot19 - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Man, that Carlos Martinez is nasty! Napoli was bailing out on a slider that ended up 6 inches off the outside edge!

    I think Joyce knew the pitch was out, but he rung Napoli up just for the bail.

  15. wjr37375 - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Suck it St. Louis. You won’t be back anytime soon. Those wacha wacha walks hurt you early. CSuckers

    • cohnjusack - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:44 PM

      Jeez man, win with a little class why don’t you?

      2014 Cardinals Rotation Options:
      -Adam Wainwright
      -Jaime Garica
      -Lance Lynn
      -Michael Wacha
      -Shelby Miller (he’s real, I swear)
      -Trevor Rosenthal (is rotation bound at some point)
      -Carlos Martinez (ditto)
      -Joe Kelly

      They lead the league in runs scored by a mile and most of that is back next year. They will almost certainly upgrade at shortstop, Oscar Tavares is in the wing (#3 prospect in the land 2013).
      Question marks:

      2B: Carpenter or Wong?
      3B: Carpenter or Freese? (Carpenter will be at one of the two)
      RF: Beltran?
      CF: Not Jon Jay?

      That’s it. A huge chunk of payroll for 2013 was taken up by Chris Carpenter (10.5 million), Jake Westbrook (8.8 million), Rafael Furcal (7 million), Jason Motte (4.5 million). 3 of them didn’t play at all, and it would have been better if Westbrook hadn’t. Carpenter, Westbrook and Furcal are all coming off the books. Add that to the gluttony of starting pitching as trade bait, and upgrading shouldn’t be an issue at all.

      Of course, any team can blow it and a million things can happen. But the Cardinals are in excellent position next year.

      • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:51 PM

        Another thing I like about you is that you make me feel much better about my long winded rants. The lengths we go to prove points to people thats minds will not be changed regardless of the overwhelming facts.

      • happytwinsfan - Oct 30, 2013 at 11:05 PM

        peterjohn joseph

        ain’t nothing wrong with you that a blow job couldn’t fix.

      • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 30, 2013 at 11:19 PM

        Well, considering my girlfriend is sleeping already, I guess I’m not getting fixed tonight.

      • happytwinsfan - Oct 30, 2013 at 11:41 PM

        hey dude that’s what god invented petro jell for, should you need “overwhelming evidence”

  16. bigbenh8tr - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    http://zeega.com/158214

  17. drewzducks - Oct 30, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Nice of the hometown team to tap into some of their legends from the past…Fisk and Louie for the ceremonial first pitch, Grady Little for the mound visit in the 7th…

  18. j0esixpack - Oct 30, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Kindof interesting that the 1918 World Series that took place during WWI was played in that very same ballpark

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