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Cardinals short hops
10/24/2004 1:39 AM ET
BOSTON -- The Cardinals tried to be rude guests in the first World Series game at Fenway Park in 18 years, they really tried. But they accommodated the only offense better than their own a little too much to come out winners.

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Though the two top offensive teams in the Majors this season didn't disappoint with the highest-scoring World Series opener in history, the outcome of Game 1 in frigid Fenway wasn't something to warm the cockles of the Cardinals' hearts.

Here's a breakdown of Game 1 from the Cardinals' perspective:

Vitals check
A look at key statistics through Game 1 of the World Series.

Team stats

Digits Trend The Deal
ERA 11.25 starting with Woody Williams, Boston's bats battered
BA .314 no complaints overall, but where was the heart of the order? 
Runs 9 they scored big and little, as usual
Errors 1 one error, but that's as many as in entire NLCS

Who's hot?

Player Digits Trend The Deal
Larry Walker 4-for-5, HR, 2 2B, 2 RBI that Canadian sure knows how to club
Danny Haren 3 2/3 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 1 K he allowed the Cards' comeback to happen

Who's not?

Player Digits Trend The Deal
Woody Williams 2 1/3 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 1 K bad location and a World Series debut to forget
Scott Rolen 0-for-5, GIDP had one huge hit in NLCS but not much else this postseason. Not a good start here

Behind the numbers
The Cardinals' 3-4-5 hitters went a combined 1-for-12, with the only hit coming on a bunt by Jim Edmonds, who managed to score twice. They may have been pitched well as opposed to missing good pitches, but that won't matter much for the Cardinals' chances if they can't get going.

Frozen moment
Julian Tavarez showed so much heart pitching despite a broken left hand in the last two games of the NLCS, but the pitch that came out of his right hand in the bottom of the eighth inning Saturday was a heartbreaker. It didn't help that Edgar Renteria had a rare error one batter before, of course.

Second guess
Jason Marquis might have been the best athlete available, but putting a young pitcher in a crucial World Series pinch-running situation was a bit shaky, as was Marquis. He stumbled into second when he might have turned for third, and he nearly was out at the plate when he scored.

Nice game, eh?
Walker's monster game was historic on any level, but he did one thing no one else on the field possibly could have done Saturday night. Walker became the first native of Canada to hit a homer in the World Series since George Selkirk of Huntsville, Ontario, went deep for the Yankees in Game 5 of the 1936 Series against the Giants. Selkirk also homered in Game 1 of that World Series.

Mike Matheny drove in the Cardinals' first and third runs via sacrifice flies, tying a single-game World Series record for sac flies in his first two at-bats in the Series.

Last word
"I think it's real clear that both of the clubs (are) used to playing nine innings and you know you send danger up there every inning, so you never feel like you're out of the game. I mean, that's a pretty big deficit to come back from today but that's how we play it." -- Cardinals manager Tony La Russa

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