After losing Game 1 of the 2013 World Series, the St. Louis Cardinals knew they could save face with a victory in Game 2. It wasn’t the ideal scenario, but a victory in Game 2 would send them back to Busch Stadium where they’d play three consecutive games at home. Things could be a lot worse.
Little did the Cardinals know they’d be on the wrong end of two of those three games after falling in Game 5 tonight by a score of 4 to 2. The Red Sox’s win pushes their series lead to 3-2.
Things got started on the wrong foot for the Cardinals and 19-game winner Adam Wainwright who ended up allowing a first inning run thanks to a Dustin Pedroia double, which was followed by a David Ortiz RBI smash down the right field line.
However, unlike Game 1, Wainwright buckled down and tossed a solid game, giving up three earned in seven innings of work while striking out ten. It wasn’t enough to match Boston ace Jon Lester though, who dominated yet again, this time throwing 7.2 innings of one run ball, that lone running coming off a deep solo home run from Matt Holliday in the fourth inning.
The Cardinals, who have been woeful against left handed pitching continued that trend tonight and now will be faced with potential elimination as the series returns to Boston for a sixth game.
Wainwright did all he could do against the Red Sox, though, with Lester pitching so wonderfully, the St. Louis offense simply couldn’t muster any attack in the loss, putting together only four hits in the process.
Now losers of two straight after taking a 2-1 series lead in Game 3, the Cardinals will fight for their life on Wednesday evening in Boston as the Red Sox look for their first World Series title since 2007.
No word on if the horseman will be in attendance…