Oct 23, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha before game one of the MLB baseball World Series against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Image Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

PostCards: World Series Game 2 – St. Louis Cardinals vs. Boston Red Sox


After a dismal showing last night by the St. Louis Cardinals in an 8-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox in World Series Game 1, all eyes are on rookie pitcher Michael Wacha as he makes his World Series debut.


Michael Wacha (4‐1, 2.79) takes to the mound for the Cardinals against Red Sox starter John Lackey (10‐13, 3.52).

Nationally, the series will be televised on FOX with Joe Buck on the call and fomer Cardinals catcher Tim McCarver providing commentary for the last World Series of his broadcasting career. KMOX has Mike Shannon and John Rooney on the call. Dan Shulman and Orel Hershiser will handle the World Series call for ESPN Radio.

In Game 2′s, the Cardinals own a 22-16 record in postseason history. In the World Series, the Cards are 8-10 overall, going 3-7 on the road. The club’s last Game 2 win came in 1985 against the Kansas City Royals.

In 13 World Series appearances, the Cardinals have started play tied 1-1. The Cardinals have won 10 of those, including both 2006 and 2011. Of the World Series in which the Cards started 0-2 four times, they would go home empty-handed–the most recent being in 2004.

Wacha will become the 11th Cardinals rookie pitcher to start a World Series game. He is the first since Anthony Reyes started Game 1 against the Detroit Tigers in 2006, where the Cards won 7-2 on the road. The other Cardinal rookies to start World Series games include Joe Magrane (1987), John Stuper (1982), Dave LaPoint (1982), Dick Hughes (1967), Ted Wilks (1944) Al Brazle (1943), Johnny Beazley (1942), Paul Dean (1934) and Paul Derringer (1931). This past season, the Cards led all of baseball with 36 combined wins from rookie pitchers. This is the most for the franchise since setting a club record of 42 wins back in the 1941 season.

In postseason history, the Cards are 1-4 on games played on October 24th. The sole win came during the 2006 World Series when the Cards shut out the Tigers 5-0 in Game 3 behind 8.0 scoreless innings from Chris Carpenter (3 hits, 0 walks, 6 strikeouts).

Cardinals Lineup:
Matt Carpenter (2B)
Carlos Beltran (RF)
Matt Holliday (LF)
Matt Adams (1B)
Yadier Molina (C)
Allen Craig (DH)
David Freese (3B)
Jon Jay (CF)
Daniel Descalso (SS)
Pitcher: Michael Wacha

Red Sox Lineup:
Jacoby Ellsbury (CF)
Shane Victorino (RF)
Dustin Pedroia (2B)
David Ortiz (DH)
Mike Napoli (1B)
Jonny Gomes (LF)
Jarrod Saltalamacchia (C)
Stephen Drew (SS)
Xander Bogaerts (3B)
Pitcher: John Lackey

Tags: St Louis Cardinals

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    Even music icons can screw up the National Anthem.

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    Beltran gets to first after Gomes just misses the catch

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    Cards leave 1 on but scoreless in the middle of the first

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    Wacha records his first World Series strikeout.

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    Wacha gets 2 Ks and we’re through 1. Scoreless.

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    Molina with a leadoff hit in the 2nd but nothing after that. Scoreless through 1.5

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    Ortiz grounds out to lead off the 2nd. Looked like the Cards were playing a deep defensive shift

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    Scoreless through 2. Gomes battled with Wacha and lost.

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    broken bat single breaks up the no hitter

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    Scoreless through 3

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    Holliday hits a ball to right center and gets a leadoff triple.

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    Hate that he caught it and saved a run from scoring but what a catch by Pedroia.

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    Molina grounds out and drives in Holliday. Cards lead 1-0

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    At the mid-4th, it’s Cards 1, Sox 0

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    Sox GIDP but Pedroia advanced to third

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    With a runner on 3rd, Carp calls off Adams for the final out. 1-0 lead through 4

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    No change in the mid–5th

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    Wacha gets his 5th K on a change up

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    We head to the 6th. 1-0

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    Adams finds a hole but Molina grounds out to end the top half of the 6th

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    Ortiz takes Wacha yard for a 2 run homer. Sox lead

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    6th K looking right after Ortiz goes yard.

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    A ground out to Freese ends the 6th but the Sox have a 2-1 lead.

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    Double steal following the pitching change and now the bases are loaded for Carpenter

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    Carp with the SF to drive in Kozma.

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    Jay scores on the bad throw to third and the Cards now lead 3-2

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    Beltran RBI single. Cards lead 4-2

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    Kozma, at short, takes care of the final 2 outs of the 7th. We head to the 8th with Wacha in line for the win.

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    After an error, Martinez gets 2 strikeouts. To the 9th we go