Friday, December 15, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Cardinals offense never gets going in World Series loss

BOSTON — All the hassle the Cardinals went through with a seven-hour flight delay to get to Boston was hardly worth it as they went down without much of a fight Wednesday in Game 6.

At times outmanned and at others outplayed, the Cardinals' bid for a third World Series championship in eight years turned out to be quite a disappointing experience.

"We already talked, and I think the flood gates opened,'' manager Mike Matheny said. "I told them to hold their heads high. They have nothing to be ashamed of. We all know that we could come out and play a better game than what we did here, but we did a whole lot more than anybody gave us credit for or expected us to do. There's a lot of things they can look on in a negative way, but this isn't the time for it. They have to be very proud of how they represented themselves, each other and this organization.''

A lack of offense had been a problem throughout the Series, as they scored only 14 runs in the six games and hit .224. Compounding the issue Wednesday, rookie starter Michael Wacha was not as sharp as he had been, failing to get out of the fourth.

"You have a more educated team that's faced him before,'' Matheny said. "And you've got a kid that's been out there and so impressive, to keep doing what he's been doing, the game is going to catch up with everybody.''

MOST VALUABLE PAPI: David Ortiz joked that he didn't have to do anything on Wednesday, as he was walked four times — three intentionally — and struck out the other time, though he did score two runs.

But his work the rest of the Series was impressive enough, as the Sox 1B/DH was named MVP after hitting .688 (11-for-16) and posting a .750 on-base percentage (18-for-24).

"I wasn't trying to be the guy, I know I've got to get something done to keep the line moving,'' he said.

Said Matheny: "He's as hot as anyone you're going to see this time of year.''

GROUNDED BIRDS: The Cardinals' flight delay stemmed from issues with the computer navigation system on their Delta charter. After about 90 minutes of attempted repairs, Delta officials sought another 767, then had to arrange for a pilot and fly the plane from Atlanta to St. Louis, mlb.com reported. The Cardinals stayed on the plane during the delay rather than go back into the airport for logistical reasons since the entire party would have had to be rescreened for security.

RAYS NEWS: OF Freddy Guzman was outrighted to Triple-A Durham, creating space on the 40-man roster, and will become a minor-league free agent five days after the Series ends. … Contracts for all coaches expire today, but all are expected to be retained. The only change would be if bench coach Dave Martinez gets a manager's job.

MISCELLANY: Bobby Valentine, who was fired after managing the last-place 2012 Sox, tweeted: "Go Sox — Close it out tonight!" … Game 6 ticket resale prices remained close to $1,000 via online sites. … The Boston-based Dropkick Murphys performed the national anthem and their hit, I'm Shipping Up to Boston. … Boston police Officer Steve Horgan, who had his moment of fame on Ortiz's ALCS Game 2 grand slam, was in the concourse posing for photos with fans with his arms raised.

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