The St. Louis Cardinals served notice that this could be one of the greatest World Series’ in modern time, with Michael Wacha pitching the side to a 4-2 victory at Fenway Park.
Coming off the back of an 8-1 demolition the night before, the Cardinals could have been forgiven for a slow start in game two just 24 hours later.
However, the rookie pitched excellently for five innings, keeping it tight and giving his side a chance to get into the game – something that hadn’t happened in the Boston Red Sox’s game one rout.
And, the visitors took the lead at the top of the fourth, with Matt Holliday scoring the run after hitting a triple at the start of the inning. Yadier Molina got the RBI as he grounded out to score the runner.
The game appeared to swing back towards the hosts in the sixth however, with David Ortiz ruining Wacha’s night with a two-run homer. Dustin Pedroia scored off big papi’s shot, having walked earlier in the inning.
But, the momentum quickly swung back to the Cards, as a pitching change worked in their favour. David Freese walked and Jon Jay singled off John Lackey, who was subsequently replaced by Craig Breslow.
He then walked Daniel Descalo, before producing a crucial error that helped St. Louis move into the lead. Holliday’s sacrifice fly led to the first run, and the replacement pitcher then missed his third-baseman to allow a second run to score.
Carlos Beltran amplified the error with a single that scored Descalo, and the two-run lead was more than enough to secure the 4-2 victory.
Game Three takes place on Saturday night, with the Cardinals sure to be full of confidence as they return home for the next three matches. Should the Red Sox win one of those, then a Game Six will take place back at Fenway Park.