Originally posted on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 10/24/13
Mike Napoli smashed a bases-loaded double off Adam Wainwright in the first inning, clearing the bases. The Boston Red Sox were in control from the get-go, and downed the St. Louis Cardinals 8-1. Sox starter Jon Lester turned in another excellent postseason outing, going 7.2 shutout innings, surrendering just five hits and a walk while striking out eight. This game was over early, so I’ll just provide notes of interesting things. Wainwright didn’t pitch too poorly, but he looked a little worn down. He’d thrown 265 innings before the start. His fastball averaged just over 92 miles per hour, which is down from the 94 he was pumping up through the ALCS. The curveball wasn’t quite as nasty either, generating just three whiffs out of the 35 times he offered it. Lester came out throwing gas like he has this postseason, touching 95 several times in the first inning. He didn’t maintain that pace but pounded the zone, throwing 68% strikes. Interestingly, he threw first pitch strikes to only 1...
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