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Boston Red Sox
St. Louis Cardinals
From worst to first, the Red Sox journey to put their finishing touches an incredible turnaround began tonight, as Jon Lester faced off versus Cardinals' ace Adam Wainwright in Game 1 of the 109th World Series.
Lester was pretty darn good tonight. Most of the time he was electric and located on both sides of the plate, but he did get into some jams as the game progressed. The fourth inning was a hiccup for Lester, loading the bases, but both he and David Ross turned a nice double play on a grounder back to the mound. The fifth inning was another bump, as he had to fight with runners on second and third. Besides that, Lester was pretty freakin' good shutting out the Cardinals.
Lester's line: 7.2 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 8 K, 112 pitches
For the offense, Jacoby Ellsbury got things started with a walk, which is very uncharacteristic of Wainwright. Both Victorino (although right at Holliday) and Pedroia hit the ball with authority, who got on base for Big Papi. Right at that moment, you knew Wainwright was going to have his struggles for the night.
Things almost came to a hault though, as a very controversial call when Ortiz grounded to second and SS Pete Kozma dropped the ball for a bid at double-play, but the umpire called Pedroia out at secon; a horrendous call to say the least. Like, not even close. However, the umpires met and Pedroia was called safe at second. Unreal, you never see a situation like that. This is exactly why replay needs to exist in this game.
Now all of a sudden, the bases were loaded with one out and Wainwright was in even more trouble with the hottest bat in the lineup approaching, Mike Napoli. Napoli didn't disappoint, as he cleared the bases with a rocket double to left center, giving the Sox a 3-0 lead.
The 2nd inning wasn't any better for Wainwright, as he let a routine pop-up, that a little-leauger could easily field, drop and Kozma committed yet another error, loading the bases again. Pedroia took advantage with a grounder past 3B David Freese to give a Sox a 4-0 cushion. Ortiz followed and was ROBBED of a grand slam by RF Carlos Beltran with a fantastic read on the ball and catch. However, Beltran left the game with a right rib contusion due to hitting the bullpen wall. Either way, the Sox took a 5-0 lead and Wainwright's "pop-up stare" becomes a legend.
The offense went silent after the first two innings until Papi launched a shot over the Red Sox bullpen against Kevin Siegrist in the 7th inning, putting the Sox at a distant 7-0. If you think about it, that should have been his second homer on the night with 6 RBI. Bogaerts added a sac-fly RBI in the 8th to make it 8-0.
Following Lester's depature in the 8th, Junichi Tazawa came on in relief and Ryan Dempster followed in the 9th for mop-up duty (solo-shot allowed to Holliday).
All in all, a perfect Game 1 for the Red Sox. From Lester to the big bats, you couldn't ask for a bigger statement game. John Lackey takes the hill tomorrow night to sqaure off against Cardinals' rookie sensastion Michael Wacha. First pitch is at 8:07pm.
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The Silly So-Called 'Evidence'OK, the gloves are now off—literally. Frankly, we've had it up to here with the polite, "goody-two-shoes" image of Cardinal fans. Now, a minor league Cardinal pitcher is lamely charging that Jon Lester's Game One performance was due to him loading up the ball with Vaseline. Are you kidding me? How Busch League is that? The...
BOSTON — There’s nothing to see here — aside from a well-pitched game.
Jon Lester tossed 7 2/3 shutout innings in Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday, yet a lot of talk during and after the contest centered on a green substance located inside of the left-hander’s glove. Lester said before Game 2 at Fenway Park that the substance was nothing more than rosin.
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ORIGINALITY ALERT!! A St. Louis Cardinals minor league pitcher, by the name of Tyler Melling, decided to take to his Twitter account last night and call into question Jon Lester's integrity. Apparently Mr. Melling thought he saw Lester "using a little Vaseline inside the glove" during his dominate pitching performance...
After a masterful performance in Game One of the World Series you would think that Boston Red Sox ace Jon Lester would be riding a high. Instead he has had to deal with accusation that he was cheating Wedneday night when he held the Cardinals to just five hits over 7 2/3 innings of work.
A minor league pitcher in the Cardinals organization got the ball...
Jon Lester had one of the best postseason starts of his career Wednesday night, throwing 7-2/3 innings of five-hit, shutout ball in an 8-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. But some are accusing the Boston Red Sox left-hander of cheating to earn his team a 1-0 World Series lead.
Late in Wednesday's game, Cardinals minor-league pitcher Tyler Melling tweeted a photo of Lester...
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After throwing 7.2 shutout innings in a Game 1 victory in the 2013 World Series, it was Jon Lester‘s glove that took center stage. Cardinals minor league pitcher Tyler Melling pointed out that Lester was touching some sort of greenish substance in his glove before throwing pitches.
Here is a high quality view of what Melling tweeted about in the 7th inning.
We went back and...
Hey, you know that whole "Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester had Vaseline on his glove" claim that The Hall of Very Good posted HOURS before the rest of the world?
Yeah, Major League Baseball has taken notice and Thursday morning, their senior vice president of public relations, Pat Courtney, issued the following statement:
“We cannot draw any conclusions from...
Lefty Jon Lester twirled a 7.2-inning shutout over St. Louis in Game One
of the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park Wednesday night (photo SI.com)
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St. Louis committed...
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