The St. Louis Cardinals knew what was at stake in Game 5 and a win was crucial with the series heading back to Fenway Park after this game.
The offense was again a major disappointment and they’re down 3-2 in the World Series to the Boston Red Sox after they won 3-1.
Adam Wainwright came out the gate strong by recording his first six outs via a strikeout. He did make a mistake in the first inning that led to Boston scoring first.
Wainwright went seven innings giving up three runs and striking out 10 batters. This should have been enough for him to earn a victory.
Jon Lester continuing his dominance from Game 1 was great as well. He pitched 7.2 innings and yielded just four hits with one run scoring.
David Ortiz was on a roll again and doubled in the first run of the game for Boston in the first inning.
Matt Holliday gave the Cardinals their only run of the game with a solo home run to center field in the fourth inning.
St. Louis has to fix their issues with runners in scoring position, as they’re just 2-for-12 in this situation the last two games.
They have a tough task in trying to win both games on the road. The team will have to take it one game at a time.
The positive for St. Louis is that Michael Wacha will pitch in Game 6 for them. He seems to be their lucky charm this postseason and comes through when the club needs him the most.
This will be the second elimination game Wacha is pitching in and we all remember what happened in his last one.