The Ottumwa Courier

AP Sports

October 25, 2013

Wacha, Beltran help Cards even World Series 1-all

BOSTON (AP) — One is 22, brimming with vigor and riding a hot streak in the dawn of his career, the other is 36, injected with a painkiller just to make it on the field and refusing to succumb to discomfort during his first and perhaps last chance to earn that elusive ring.

Michael Wacha and Carlos Beltran, both trying to make the most of their first World Series, helped lift the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night that evened the matchup at a game apiece.

"It's the World Series, big-time game," Wacha said.

Wacha bested John Lackey in a matchup of present and past rookie sensations, Beltran provided a big hit and this time it was the Red Sox who were tripped up by fielding failures.

"Somebody would have to kill me in order for me to get out of the lineup," said Beltran, undeterred by bruised ribs that landed him in the hospital a night earlier.

Matt Holliday tripled and scored on Yadier Molina's fourth-inning grounder, but David Ortiz put Boston ahead 2-1 in the sixth when he pounced on an 85 mph changeup for a two-run homer just over the Green Monster in left field.

That ended Wacha's scoreless streak at 18 2-3 innings — a rookie record for a single postseason — but it was all he gave up. Selected by St. Louis last year with the first-round draft pick received as compensation when Albert Pujols signed with the Los Angeles Angels, Wacha has been so good lately that a St. Louis restaurant he walked into had named a milkshake after him, the "Wacha Wacha."

Wacha, the NL championship series MVP after beating Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw twice, threw a career-high 114 pitches and allowed two runs, three hits and four walks in six innings with six strikeouts. He improved to 4-0 with a 1.00 ERA in four outings this postseason, matching the amount of regular-season wins he has in his brief career.

Text Only
AP Sports
  • Cardinals Mets Baseball [Duplicate] Wainwright injures knee, Cardinals blank Mets 3-0 NEW YORK (AP) — The only thing that stopped Adam Wainwright from throwing his second straight shutout was a hyperextended right knee. The perennial Cy Young Award contender tossed seven neat innings before leaving with an injury Tuesday night, and Jo

    April 23, 2014 6 Photos

  • Diamondbacks Cubs Baseball-12 [Duplicate] Hammel, Olt lead Cubs past D-backs CHICAGO (AP) — Jason Hammel is certain the Cubs are better than their record so far. Hammel pitched seven strong innings, Mike Olt hit a three-run home run and Nate Schierholtz drove in a pair of early runs to lead the Cubs to a 9-2 victory over the

    April 23, 2014 7 Photos

  • NL Capsules ATLANTA (AP) — Jose Fernandez matched his career high with 14 strikeouts in eight innings and combined with Steve Cishek on a three-hitter as the Marlins shut out the Braves. Fernandez (3-1) outpitched Atlanta's Alex Wood (2-3), who also was dominant

    April 23, 2014

  • Angels Nationals Baseball-3 [Duplicate] Pujols 1st to hit HRs No. 499, 500 in same game WASHINGTON (AP) — Albert Pujols smiled as he explained why he felt the need to apologize to his wife for hitting homer No. 500 so quickly after No. 499. She had planned to be there in person once he got within one of the milestone. He didn't give her

    April 23, 2014 10 Photos

  • AL Capsules BOSTON (AP) — Jacoby Ellsbury doubled, tripled, drove in two runs and made a sliding catch in his return to Fenway Park, helping the New York Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka beat the Boston Red Sox 9-3 Tuesday night. Ellsbury received a mixed reception i

    April 23, 2014

  • Governor issues 'Wrigley Field Day' proclamation CHICAGO (AP) — It's Wrigley Field Day in Illinois. Gov. Pat Quinn issued the designation Wednesday as the Chicago Cubs' ballpark celebrates its 100th anniversary. The storied ballpark that opened as Weeghman Park on April 23, 1914 has hosted millions

    April 23, 2014

  • Brazil WCup Soccer [Duplicate] FIFA urged to back Garcia probe Qatar World Cup BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — FIFA's reputation depends on resolving allegations about Qatar's selection as 2022 World Cup host, according to the governing body's anti-corruption advisers. The expert panel chaired by Swiss law professor Mark Pieth gave i

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wrigley Baseball [Duplicate] Tech boom presents new wrinkles for Wrigley Field CHICAGO (AP) — During a recent game at Wrigley Field, John Weber was using a pencil and scorecard to expertly track the game between his hometown Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 86-year-old retired transit worker figures he is an increasingly ra

    April 23, 2014 6 Photos

  • Britain Soccer Man Utd Coaches [Duplicate] Giggs to be assisted by ex-Man United teammates LONDON (AP) — Ryan Giggs will be assisted by a trio of former Manchester United teammates as he tries to stabilize England's biggest club after the abrupt dismissal of David Moyes. The 40-year-old Giggs, United's most decorated player, is in charge o

    April 23, 2014 3 Photos

  • Debate still simmers over 'Field of Dreams' site DYERSVILLE, Iowa (AP) — A quarter-century after "Field of Dreams" debuted in movie theaters, the northeastern Iowa farm where it was filmed remains at the center of simmering debates. The film, which premiered in Iowa 25 years ago Sunday, turned the

    April 21, 2014

Obituaries
Record
Facebook
AP National