ST. LOUIS — We had the obituary prepared.
The Red Sox had suffered a skull-imploding loss to the Cardinals Saturday night. They trailed the World Series, two games to one, and looked certain to fall behind, 3-1. John Farrell was admitting mismanagement, the Boston Beards were hitless wonders, Shane Victorino was pulled from the starting lineup, and scarecrow starter Clay Buchholz sounded like a man ordering his last meal before walking the Green Mile. The Cardinals had won 13 of their last 14 postseason home games, and Saturday’s stunner was the first Series game to end on an error since Mookie Wilson’s grounder went through Bill Buckner’s legs in 1986.