ST. LOUIS -- It's a beautiful fall afternoon at Busch Stadium -- sunny and 57, with game-time temperatures expected to dip into the upper 40s -- and the gentle conditions are a soothing contrast to the craziness of Saturday's not-soon-to-be-forgotten Game 3.
The Red Sox have been masters at putting tough defeats behind them during this surprising season, and they'll have to do that quickly. The Cardinals, however, have a leftover issue to deal with after their wild 5-4 victory.
Allen Craig, who scored the winning run after an obstruction call on Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks, appeared to aggravate the foot injury that sidelined him from Sept. 1 to Game 1 of the World Series during his mad dash from second base to the plate. Manager Mike Matheny said X-rays showed no additional damage and that Craig would be available Sunday night in Game 4, but, again, he's not in the starting lineup. He was the DH during the first two games in Boston.
Some pregame notes, courtesy of the Red Sox P.R. department . . .
-- Saturday night's 5-4 loss was the Red Sox' second walkoff loss of the postseason. They lost Game 3 of the ALDS against Tampa Bay on Jose Lobaton’s solo home run.
-- Overall, the Red Sox have lost 11 walkoff postseason games, tied with the Dodgers for the second-most in MLB history. The Yankees (14) have the most.
-- Six of the Sox' 13 postseason games this year have been one-run affairs, and three of their five losses have been by one run.
-- The Red Sox scored four runs Saturday night from the fifth inning and later, continuing their postseason tendency to do most of their scoring in the second half of games. They've scored 39 runs in the fifth through ninth innings, compared to 20 in the first through fourth.