This Error Gave the St. Louis Cardinals the Victory in Game 2 of the World Series (GIF)
Game 2 of the 2013 World Series was, on the whole, a hell of a lot better than Game 1. This time both starting pitchers were sharp (and without a hint of illegal substances), we went into the sixth with the Cardinals up just 1-0, and we went into the seventh with the Red Sox up 2-1.
Like I said—much better game.
That being said, one of the pivotal plays in this game, like the last game, was a major defensive error. The only difference was that the perpetrators this time were the Sox, not the Cards.
In the top of the seventh, after David “Big Papi” Ortiz had given Boston a 2-1 lead with a two-run home run off the amazing Michael Wacha (who knew?), the Cardinals got runners on first and second off John Lackey, then second and third off Craig Breslow. After that, Matt Carpenter hit a fly ball to left field that everyone knew was going to score a run.
The throw to home plate, however, was wide, and BoSox catcher Jared Saltalamacchia let the ball get by him. Then Breslow, who was backing up home plate, tried to throw out Jon Jay who was advancing to third—and the ball sailed over the head of Xander Bogaerts and into the stands.
Thus, instead of a 2-2 tie, St. Louis came away with a 3-2 lead. And eventually they would win the game 4-2.
Take a look:
I wouldn’t say that errors decided each of the first two games, since there’s always more to it than that. But I will say that the outcomes would have been different without them.
Game 3 is on Saturday in St. Louis. It should be interesting.