What a game. Just an amazing game. I cannot believe some of the things that went on in this one. Game three was action-packed, and in the end, the Cardinals walked it off in a 5-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox. Sixteen of the previous eighteen winners of game three after being tied at one game apiece went on to win the series. Yes it was a crucial game, and this series perhaps game down to one call from umpire Jim Joyce. Before we get into that, let's highlight some of what happened in this one.
The Cardinals jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on RBI Singles from Matt Holliday and Yadier Molina. Peavy settled down, for the most part. He was able to complete four innings of work, giving up six hits and only allowing those two runs. He has a career 9.27 ERA in the postseason (5 starts; 21.1 IP). He was able to escape many jams, but the Red Sox were unable to back him with any support until he had finished his four innings.
The Red Sox scored single runs in the fifth and sixth, getting a Mike Carp fielder's choice and a Daniel Nava RBI Single, respectively. The St. Louis Cardinals came back, scoring two in the bottom of the seventh of the inning, on a Matt Holliday RBI double. His three RBI played a huge part in the Cardinals win. But, once again, the Boston Red Sox came back getting a Daniel Nava RBI fielder's choice and a Xander Bogaerts RBI Single. They continued to play comeback throughout the entire game, tying it once again.
Then came the ninth. Brandon Workman got his first MLB at bat in the top of the ninth, striking out on three pitches. Then the exciting happened. A Molina Single, Craig Double, and then this happened. An obstruction call by Jim Joyce that won the Cardinals the game. View it here.
St. Louis 5, Boston 4. STL leads 2-1.