The St. Louis Cardinals get a much needed win at Fenway Park beating the Boston Red Sox 4-2 on Thursday night. Here are some thoughts on the game.
- Matt Holliday is quietly producing for this team in the 2013 postseason. If you remember in the 2011 World Series and in the 2012 NLDS and NLCS, Matt Holliday hit .200 or less in all 3 series. Now, he has 2 big hits in two games at Fenway. Last night, he hit the home run to center and then he got the Cardinals going in the 4th inning with a leadoff triple.
- Admit it, you felt deflated when David Ortiz hit that 2-run home run in the bottom of the 6th. Michael Wacha had a high pitch count but you thought he would at least get out of the 6th so that the Cardinals could get to the bullpen and secure a 1-0 win. I sat on my couch in silence. In deep thought, I thought to myself “maybe this wasn’t the Cardinals year.”
- Then the Cardinals restored my hope. In reality, it was the Boston Red Sox making the mistakes but credit Jon Jay for his aggressive base running. Also, kudos has to go to Mike Matheny or Jose Oquendo for making the double steal call. Obviously if it didn’t work, Cardinals fans would be saying what a horrible decision it was. However, Mike Matheny understood that the momentum was clearly with the Red Sox and if he didn’t do something drastic, he would have been heading to St. Louis down 2 games to zero.
- One goal for the Cardinals for Games 3-5:
DON’T LET THE SERIES GO BACK TO BOSTON
If it does, it’s going 7 games. You have 3 straight games at home. Clay Buchholz is technically the starter in Game 4 but that’s up in the air. David Ortiz might play first base but then again, he might not. This is the perfect time to shut the door on the Red Sox. It’s time to shut the door.
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