World Series Game 5: Red Sox at Cardinals


Good afternoon. Here are the lineups:


RED SOX (2-2, 97-65 regular season)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz 1B
Jonny Gomes LF
Daniel Nava RF
Xander Bogaerts 3B
Stephen Drew SS
David Ross C
Jon Lester LHP (3-1, 1.67 in postseason; 15-8, 3.75 in regular season).

CARDINALS (2-2, 97-65 regular season)
Matt Carpenter 2B
Shane Robinson CF
Matt Holliday LF
Carlos Beltran RF
Yadier Molina C
Matt Adams 1B
David Freese 3B
Pete Kozma SS
RHP Adam Wainwright (2-2, 2.25 postseason; 19-9, 2.94 regular season).

Game time: 8:07 p.m.

TV/Radio: FOX / WEEI, ESPN Radio.

Red Sox vs. Wainwright: Victorino 5-25, Drew 3-21, Gomes 2-13, Ross 3-13, Carp 0-3, Ellsbury 0-2, Napoli 1-3, Ortiz 1-2, Pedroia 2-3, Bogaerts 0-2.


Cardinals vs. Lester: Holliday 3-9, Molina, Beltran 1-2, Carpenter 1-4, Adams 0-3, Freese 0-3, Kozma 0-3, Robinson 1-3, Jay 0-1.

Stat of the Day: Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara have made 23 appearances in the postseason. Their line: 18.1 IP, 12 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 19 K.

Key matchup: Red Sox pitchers against Allen Craig. For a guy who can rarely because of a broken foot, Craig sure can hit. He is 4 for 9 in the series with a double.

Notes: The series is tied 2-2 and returns to Fenway Park on Wednesday. … It’s a rematch of Game 1 on the mound and Lester was much better than Wainwright that day. Lester threw 7.2 shutout innings, giving up five hits. He walked one and struck out eight. Wainwright, undone by shoddy defense, allowed five runs (three earned) on six hits over five innings. … Lester is 3-1, 1.67 in this season and has a career ERA of 2.22 in 12 career postseason appearances. … Wainwright has a 2.37 ERA in 17 career postseason games. … Counting the postseason, Lester is 0 for 33 at the plate in his career. … The Sox have won five postseason games coming from behind. … Ortiz is 8 of 11 in the Series with two homers and five RBIs. He has scored five runs, too. … The Sox have committed seven errors in the Series that led to three unearned runs. They committed three errors in their first 10 postseason games. … The Sox were 2-2 in the World Series in 1946, 1975 and 1986. They lost all of those Series in seven games. … The Sox are 5 for 24 with runners in scoring position in the Series and 11 of 63 (.175) in the last eight games. That usually turns at some point. Can it turn in three games? … The Red Sox are hitting .189 (24 of 127) in the Series with a .571 OPS. But their pitchers have a 2.27 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.


Song of the Day: “Wild, Wild Life” by Talking Heads.

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