It may still be a classic World Series. The first game was unsightly.
With the supposedly fundamentally sound St. Louis Cardinals coming undone early, Game 1 was over early. Boston scored five runs in the first two innings on their way to an 8-1 win over St. Louis.
The Cardinals had made just 75 errors during the regular season, but committed three. Pete Kozma, who made nine in 140 games this season, had two of them.
Another play, called a hit because of scoring rules, was just as much an error. Stephen Drew popped to the mound leading off the second, but Adam Wainwright, who initially seemed to be calling for the ball, backed off. It fell between Wainwright and the normally superhuman Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina.
As Tim McCarver pointed out on the telecast, it’s rare for pitchers to catch pops, but they spend lots of time in the outfield shagging fly balls in batting practice. Wainwright needed to be more aggressive, and it helped set up a two-run inning.
Kozma was correctly charged with an error after second base umpire Dana DeMuth blew a call in the first inning. Dustin Pedroia was ruled out after Kozma dropped a relay from Matt Carpenter on David Ortiz’s grounder.
It was obvious the call was incorrect, and after Red Sox manager John Farrell argued, the entire umpiring crew converged and reversed the call.
With replay coming next year, it was good to see the umpires make the call correct. Now, we’re talking about the play instead of a blown call.
Carlos Beltran robbed Ortiz of a grand-slam home run, and had to leave his long-awaiting first World Series game with bruised ribs, and by the way, I didn’t see the same cop who was cheering Ortiz’s grand-slam in the bullpen last night.
Hopefully, the Series becomes a more competitive one. Last year’s four-game sweep by the San Francisco Giants wasn’t terribly memorable.
Boston, which has won nine straight World Series games, has John Lackey facing St. Louis’ Michael Wacha in Game 2.