World Series Game 2 stories include a Boston Red Sox meltdown and a rookie pitcher succeeding again. Game 2 of the 2013 World Series played out Thursday night (Oct. 24), as the St. Louis Cardinals emerged with a 4-2 victory to even the match-up at one game apiece. Analysts will all point to the seventh inning as the turning point of the night, when the Red Sox gave up three runs and blew a 2-1 lead that they had held.
With runners on first and second, Craig Breslow came in to relieve starting pitcher John Lackey and the wheels just fell off. Maybe some blame has to be placed on Lackey for walking David Freese and then giving up a hit to Jon Jay, but the implosion of the team came with Breslow on the mound. After Pete Kozma pinch ran for Freese, the Cardinals pulled off a double steal as Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia couldn't get the ball out of his glove. Breslow then walked Daniel Descalso to load the bases.
There was still time to get out of the jam, but Matt Carpenter was credited with a sacrifice fly when Jonny Gomes caught a fly ball and threw it past the catcher at home. Breslow backed up the play, caught the ball, and then tried to pick off Jay going to third. He ended up throwing it into the stands, forcing Jay home and giving up the lead that the Red Sox had held.
Michael Wacha looks like a hero in the World Series Game 2 because he kept the Boston Red Sox offense at bay, but he was only put in that position by about 10 to 15 minutes of terrible baseball being played on defense. With the 4-2 win by Wacha, who gave up just two runs over six innings, the Cardinals have now erased that Game 1 loss. Game 3 of the series will now take place in St. Louis on Oct. 26.
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