Now, it’s a best of five series. Baseball’s great fear was alleviated on Thursday night when the St. Louis Cardinals tied the World Series at 1 with a 4-2 win over the Boston Red Sox.
On the day when the Gold Glove finalists are to be announced, and the Orioles are likely to have several candidates, it’s ironic that poor fielding helped decide Game 2.
The Cardinals were sloppy in the first game, and the Red Sox’s errors keyed a three-run seventh.
On Saturday, the Series moves to St. Louis for the third game with Jake Peavy pitching for Boston and Joe Kelly on the mound for St. Louis.
By then, the finalists for the Gold Glove Awards will be known. The Orioles should have several finalists. Matt Wieters, J.J. Hardy, Manny Machado and Adam Jones should all be in the group. Wieters, Hardy and Jones won last year. It was the second consecutive year for Wieters and Jones' second. He also won in 2009.
It’s also possible that Nick Markakis will be a finalist. He won in 2011, and played very well in the field even though he didn’t have a good year at the plate.
The most interesting question is whether Chris Davis will be a finalist. In his first year at first base, Davis played very well, but attention will paid to his hitting rather than his fielding.
Winners will be announced on Tuesday night.