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Cardinals Fall To Red Sox In World Series

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)
Kristin Smith's rally cap wasn't enough to help the St. Louis Cardinals, who lost Game 6 of the World Series 6-1.

Updated at 11:30 p.m.

The 2013 season for the St. Louis Cardinals came to a crashing halt Wednesday night with a 6-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox in Game 6 of the World Series.

During the regular season, the Cardinals were the best team in baseball at hitting with runners on base. But they stranded nine in Game 6, and 43 through the entire series.

"That right there, they're taking pitches, they're not being very aggressive," said Michael Scott, who was watching the game at Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood. But he saw it as just one of several issues the Cardinals had in the Fall Classic.

"We have a young team, and it seems that we’re very hesitant up there right now, we’re making poor decisions managerially, keeping guys in a little bit too long. That’s really about it," Scott said.

Rookie pitcher Michael Wacha had his worst outing of the postseason, giving up all six runs in less than four innings. But Eric Hamilton, who dressed as Wacha for Halloween, said the 22-year-old shouldn't shoulder all the blame for the loss.

"He’ll be around I guess for a little while, so he’s got plenty of more chances," Hamilton said. "It would have been legendary if he had been able to do it, but again it’s not his fault. You can’t rely on a shutout."

Hamilton says he’s looking forward to seeing the team in the post-season again next year.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said after the game he "couldn't be more proud of his team."

It's the first time the Red Sox have clinched the World Series at Fenway Park since 1918.

NPR has a full round-up of the game, which they've dubbed a "rout" of the Cardinals. 

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