World Series Game 4

Game 4 of the World Series with the Cardinals leading 2-1. Boston won game 1 by a score of 8-1. Then the Cardinals came back and won game 2 by a score of 4-2 and then in game 3 the Cardinals won by a score of 5-4.

 

Game 3 Recap 

game 3 obstruction callBoth starting pitchers gave their team a chance to win as Jake Peavy pitched 4 innings giving up 2 runs on 6 hits, 4 walks and struck out 4 for Boston. For the Cardinals Joe Kelly pitched 5 1/3 innings giving up 2 runs on 2 hits, 3 walks and struck out 6.

Game 3 ended on a obstruction call in the 9th inning for a 5-4 win for the Cardinals. The obstruction call happened in the bottom of the 9th with runners on 2nd and 3rd 1 out. The batter was Jon Jay and he hit a ground ball to 2nd where Dustin Pedroia made a great play to stop the ball and throw the runner out at the plate. The runner on 2nd(who was Allen Craig) then took off for 3rd where Boston catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia made a bad throw and the ball went into left field. Craig then took off for home and appeared to trip over Boston 3rd baseman Will Middlebrooks. It was called that way by 3rd base umpire Jim Joyce and home was awarded to Craig for a walk off obstruction call for the Cardinals. This is the first time in a World Series that a game has been won by an obstruction call.

 

Game 4 Preview

The Boston Red Sox will send Clay Buchholz to the mound. Buchholz has pitched in 3 postseason games this season. He has  given up 10 runs on 19 hits, 5 walks and 15 strikeouts in 16 2/3 innings pitched with an ERA of 5.40. Those are not good numbers considering he had an ERA of  1.74 in 108 1/3 innings pitched before he got hurt. The Red Sox are 2-1 when Buchholzs pitches this postseason.

For the Cardinals they will send Lance Lynn. Lynn has pitched in 3 games starting in 2 of them. He has allowed 7 runs on 14 hits, 7 walks while striking out 12 in 11 2/3 innings pitched with an ERA of 5.40. During the regular season Lynn had an ERA of 3.97 in 201 2/3 innings pitched this season. The Cardinals are 2-1 when Lynn pitches this postseason.

 

Keys To The Game

For Boston

1. Which Buchholz will show up? The one who gave up 5 runs to Detroit or the one who gave up 2 runs to Detroit?
2. Can they get to the Cardinals bullpen? They got 2 of the 4 runs on the bullpen in game 3.
3. Can David Ortiz hit a home run? Ortiz has hit 2 home runs in 3 games so far this World Series.

For St. Louis

1. Can Allen Craig stay hot? Since coming back for the World Series Craig has 3 hits in 8 at-bats.
2. Can they get to Boston’s bullpen again? The Cardinal offense got 3 runs against Boston’s bullpen in game 3.
3. Which Lynn will show up? The one who gave up 5 runs in 4 1/3 innings or the one who 2 runs in 5 1/3 innings?

 

My Prediction

Lance Lynn pitches very well for the Cardinals as he goes 5 2/3 innings giving up only 2 runs. Meanwhile Clay Buchholz also pitches well for Boston as he pitches 6 innings only giving up 3 runs. Boston’s bullpen gives up another run in the 3 innings pitched. The Cardinals’s bullpen gives up 1 run also and Trevor Rosenthal closes out the game in the 9th striking out 2 of the 3 batters he faces.

Final Score

Cardinals: 4
Red Sox: 3

 

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