Cards match their postseason error total in one game

Cards match their postseason error total in one game
October 24, 2013, 3:30 am

GAME 1: RED SOX 8, CARDINALS 1

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BOSTON – With their 8-1 loss to the Red Sox in Game 1 of the World Series Wednesday night at Fenway Park, the Cardinals fell to 7-12 all-time in World Series Game 1’s, and 20-22 in Game 1’s of all postseason series.
 
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The Cardinals committed three errors in the game, after making just three errors in their first 11 postseason games combined this year. They were the last team to committed three errors in a World Series game, doing so in Game 6 of 2011, a 10-9, 11-inning win for St. Louis.  The last team to commit three errors in a nine-inning World Series game was the Rangers, in a Game 3 loss to the Cardinals.
 
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Carlos Beltran reached the World Series for the first time, in his 16th season.  But, he left after the second inning with a right rib contusion, suffered when he caught what would have been a David Ortiz grand slam, against the Cardinals bullpen wall. He was taken to a local hospital for examination.
 
“Went in to have X‑rays done and CT scan here locally, and everything came back negative,” said Cardinals manager Mike Matheny. “He's going to be day‑to‑day.”

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Starter Adam Wainwright allowed three runs in the first inning, the first time since Aug. 28, when he gave up six runs in the first against the Reds, lasting just two innings. That was the only outing this season, in 37 starts combined in the regular season and postseason, he lasted less than five innings.  In 16 career postseason appearances, including seven starts, he has given up more than two runs just once – in Game 5 of the 2012 NLDS against the Nationals, when he gave up six runs in 2 1/3 innings.

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Catcher Yadier Molina played in his 16th career World Series game, tying him with former teammate Albert Pujols for second-most among active players, behind the Yankees Derek Jeter, with 38 games.

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 In the second inning, Wainwright and Molina let a Stephen Drew pop-up fall in between them for what should have been an easy first out of the inning. Drew eventually scored the Red Sox fourth run.
 
“Well, Wainwright is the first one that's going to say that that's his ball.” Matheny said. “That's kind of in‑between land where we typically tell our position players we want them to try to get that.  It's a very tough play on the catcher.  But Adam Wainwright wanted that ball, and as soon as he came off the field he was talking about how he should have caught it.”
 
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Asked why he didn’t pull Wainwright -- who went five innings, throwing 95 pitches – earlier, possibly bringing him back to start two more games, if needed, in the series, Matheny replied:
 
“We got him out pretty early, still.  We're not ruling out anything moving forward.”
 
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Asked how he intends to combat the Red Sox offensive approach of driving up pitchers’ counts, Matheny replied:
 
“I didn't see anything that surprised us.  We knew what we were going to get, and they came out and did it.  And once again, it just comes down to execution.  It's a different game if some plays are made that are typically made.  That's a whole different story.

“But it's a good club.  We know that.  But I'm just not going to let our guys forget we're a good club, too.  We make plays, we also put together tough at‑bats.  We grind at‑bats.  We work pitch counts.  But right now this is one game that got away from us, and it was in a fashion that we're not used to, or will we get used to it.”