Michael Wacha's masterful pitching run is over. So is the St. Louis Cardinals' season.
The 22-year-old rookie who burst on the major league scene with the poise of a veteran failed on baseball's biggest stage.
Wacha allowed six runs in 3-2/3 innings Wednesday night and the Boston Red Sox went on to a 6-1 win in Game 6 for their third World Series title in 10 years.
He looked nothing like the hard-throwing right-hander who shut down the Pittsburgh Pirates once in the NL division series, the Los Angeles Dodgers twice in the NL championship series where he was the MVP, and the Red Sox in Game 2 of the World Series.
When he needed to save the season of the team that tied the Red Sox for most regular-season wins, he couldn't.
And that ended a trip to Boston that started poorly.
The Cardinals' flight from St. Louis on Tuesday took off about 9:10 p.m., roughly six hours late, and arrived shortly after 11 p.m.
''Nobody is in a bad mood or anything like that,'' Wacha said in a confere...