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A social recap of Game 1 of the World Series

The Boston Red Sox beat the St Louis Cardinals 8-1 in Game 1 of the World Series to take a 1-0 series lead.

Things didn't go well for Adam Wainwright in this one, as he immediately walked Jacoby Ellsbury to lead off the game.

After getting Shane Victorino to line out and giving up a single to Dustin Pedroia, all hell broke loose when David Ortiz grounded to first in a would be inning-ending double play. Pedroia was initially called out at second despite Pete Kozma never holding the ball.

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Predictably, Twitter went nuts.

After an umpire powwow, the call was reversed, and Pedroia was called safe at second.

Predictably, Twitter went nuts.

After all that chaos, Mike Napoli hit a three-run double to left center, clearing the bases and giving the Red Sox a 3-0 lead right off the reel.

Jon Lester cruised through the second, and Wainwright once again took the hill, this time looking to have an easy inning. His second inning of work immediately turned ugly thanks to some miscommunication between him and Yadier Molina on a pop-up by Stephen Drew.


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The reactions to the play were about what you'd expect from each fanbase, as well as neutral fans weighing in to take general shots at the ridiculousness of the play.

The second got even uglier for the Cardinals. After Drew's single that shouldn't have been a single, David Ross singled, and Victorino reached on another error by Kozma with one out. Once again, Kozma was lambasted.

Pedroia singled in Drew to make it 4-0.

David Ortiz stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and visions of another grand slam in his head. Ortiz nearly delivered, smashing a ball to deep right field. But Beltran did what Torii Hunter couldn't do – rob Ortiz of the grand slam and keep himself on the field.


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Ortiz's fly ball still ended up bringing a run in to make it a 5-0 game, but Beltran's great catch was the real story, drawing strong reactions from fans across the country.

That would be all for Beltran, as Jon Jay replaced him in the Cardinals lineup and Shane Robinson took Beltran's spot in right field. The diagnosis? A bruised rib. Beltran left Fenway Park and went to the hospital for x-rays. No Beltran? Good night, Cardinals.

And really, once Beltran left the game, the night didn't get any better for the Cardinals. They loaded the bases in the fourth, but David Freese grounded into an inning-ending 1-2-3 double play. They put runners on second and third with two outs in the fifth thanks to a Jonny Gomes error, but Jay grounded out to end the inning.

As usual, Sweet Caroline at Fenway Park during the seventh inning stretch was an event, but Cardnals fans didn't have much to sing about all night. But why not pick on Kozma some more?

In the seventh, Ortiz put a little bit of extra lumber on the ball, smashing a two-run homer to right, extending Boston's lead to 7-0. 

The St Louis offense didn't put a runner on base against a dominant Jon Lester after the fifth inning. For the night, Boston's ace allowed five hits over 7 2/3 shutout innings, walking one and punching out eight and leaving to a standing ovation in the eighth from the crowd at Fenway Park

I think this tweet just about sums up the feeling of Cardinals fans by the end of the game after rookie Carlos Martinez allowed a leadoff double to Daniel Nava in the eighth, which led to Nava scoring run number eight of the night for the Red Sox courtesy of a Xander Bogaerts sacrifice fly.

But all wasn't for naught for the Cardinals – Matt Holliday hit a solo homer in the ninth off of Ryan Dempster to avoid the shutout!

The game almost ended with Victorino throwing Freese out at first on a ground ball into right, but Freese slid in to first safely, much to the dismay and anger of the Twitterverse.

Game 2 of the series will be Thursday in Boston at 8 PM on Fox. Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha will look to even the series at one game apiece, while John Lackey gets the nod for Boston.

About Joe Lucia

Joe is the managing editor of The Outside Corner and a contributing author at Awful Announcing. He lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and is stuck somewhere between tolerating and hating Pittsburgh and Philadelphia sports.

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