The Red Sox put a total of five runs in the first two innings in Game 1 of the World Series against the Cardinals and never looked back. Sox starter Jon Lester threw just over seven innings of scoreless baseball giving up just five hits and striking out eight in the 8-1 win.

Red Sox insider Peter Abraham joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich to discuss the Game 1 win by the Red Sox and the Clay Buchholz situation.

There was some question as to the status of Buchholz and questions as to whether he’d be ready to pitch in this series. Red Sox manager John Farrell acknowledged on Wednesday that the righthander is dealing with an injury, but will start in Game 4 of the World Series.

Was this decision made to keep him from pitching in a Game 7 if the series were to go that long?

Carlos Beltran of the Cardinals is now dealing with an injury of his own after making a play to rob David Ortiz of a grand slam in the second inning. Beltran crashed against the right-field fence to make the catch and later left the bench to visit a local hospital, where X-rays and a CT scan revealed the rib’s not fractured.

He’s being considered day-to-day, but now after 16 years of striving to reach the World Series is this enough to keep him from playing? If the game was closer would he have stayed in the game? What would his absence mean for this Cardinals team?

The guys also looked ahead to tonight’s Game 2 and Cardinals starter Michael Wacha. Will the Sox have trouble having not faced him before?



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