Detroit's 1-0 victory was the first time the Red Sox had been shut out at home in the postseason since the Cubs' Hippo Vaughn beat Sad Sam Jones 3-0 in Game 5 of the 1918 World Series. It was the sixth time in all that Boston had been shut out in the postseason.
The one hit — Daniel Nava's ninth-inning single — was a low for the Red Sox in 157 postseason games. The 17 strikeouts for Red Sox batters tied the postseason record for a nine-inning game, set when St. Louis' Bob Gibson fanned 17 Tigers batters in the 1968 World Series opener and matched by Houston in the first game of the 1998 NL division series against San Diego.
CARDINALS MVP: If the Cardinals had to pick a most valuable member of their staff, the winner could be catcher Yadier Molina.
Cardinal pitcher Joe Kelly was in trouble in the first inning of the opener at St. Louis on Friday. The Dodgers had runners at second and third with one out, and Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig were due up.
Molina figured that was a good time to visit the mound.
"He came out and said, 'Your stuff is good. Just go ahead and throw it. Throw it over the plate and the guys won't hit it,'" Kelly recalled. "I settled in and struck out the next two guys without giving up a run. That was huge."
For Molina, it was more typical than huge.
"It's easy to trust a guy when you know the history behind him," said closer Trevor Rosenthal, who earned the save on Saturday. "You know he's put in the work. At the same time he's such a fierce competitor that he wants nothing but the best for you."
Molina doesn't think he's doing anything special in that regard. He just feels that knowing everything he can about his pitchers, and opposing hitters, is in his job description.