Cards put best foot forward in Game 2 win

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After the Red Sox ended their 85-year championship drought and swept the Cardinals in the 2004 World Series, Tony La Russa had regret written all over his face. Long after the final game, I found La Russa in the quiet of his office in the bowels of Busch Stadium. The St. Louis manager’s regret wasn’t about his in-game moves as much as that fans didn’t see the best of his 100-win team on baseball’s biggest stage. David Ortiz has played in every Boston World Series game in the 21st century: the sweep of St. Louis, the 2007 sweep of Colorado and the 2013 opener in which he homered and was robbed of a grand slam. In Game 2, he hit another homer, giving the Red Sox a 2-1 lead in the sixth inning, but Boston’s defense collapsed like St. Louis’ had the night before, though Boston’s problems were concentrated in the seventh inning. Breslow replaced John Lackey, and the Cardinals immediately pulled off a double steal, with fumbling catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia making no throw. In the wake of Dana DeMuth’s blown Game 1 call that fortunately was overturned, word emerged – initially by a Cardinals minor-league pitcher, Tyler Melling, on Twitter – that Boston’s Jon Lester had a green substance on his glove in Wednesday’s opener, a sign the lefty might have cheated in his 7 2/3 scoreless innings.

Cards put best foot forward in Game 2 win

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