In Game 1 of the World Series, the Red Sox took advantage of three errors by the Cardinals en route to an 8-1 win.
Thursday night, it was Boston’s turn to be sloppy.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Craig Breslow each committed an error on the same play in the seventh inning. Up with the bases loaded, Matt Carpenter’s fly out to left field drew a throw to the plate from Jonny Gomes which Saltalamacchia had trouble handling. The catcher bobbled the throw, allowing Jon Jay to score and Daniel Descalso to advance to third base. Reliever Craig Breslow backed up Saltalamacchia, but his throw to third base sailed high, allowing another run to score.
“It was uncharacteristic of the way we’ve taken care of the baseball this year,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said afterword. “And it contributed to the three runs.
“The errant throw, that’s the one in looking back, I’m sure Craig would like to have that ball back and hold it with a chance to shut down the inning right there.”
Farrell defended his catcher on the play, refuting the notion that he should have stepped up to take the throw, even if it meant allowing the run.
“It’s a shallow enough fly ball for there to be a play at the plate,” said Farrell. “Salty’s trying to hold his ground. We know the importance of the run in that spot. To say he has to come off [the plate] and field that throw, that ball ends up going off the tip of his glove. There’s no second-guessing Salty’s approach on that.”
The Red Sox were in a good position before the errors thanks to another clutch home run from David Ortiz. Ortiz’s home run in the 6th put the Red Sox up, 2-1, but the lead was short-lived. John Lackey left the game in the seventh and was charged with the first two runs that scored.
Despite the loss, Boston’s first after nine consecutive World Series wins, Farrell said that he wasn’t worried.
“We fully expected this to be a hard-fought series,” said Farrell. “It’s not surprising that we’re in this position we are.”
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