October 22, 2006
After the first two games of the World Series it is clear why this is called the Fall Classic. The St. Louis Cardinals obviously didn’t get the memo that they were supposed to be the underdogs and roll over to the superior Detroit pitching staff. In game 1 the Cardinals faced Detroit ace Justin Verlander. Verlander has been dominating most of the season going 17-9 with a 3.63 ERA. Instead, the Cardinals took advantage of an off night by the Tigers and jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the series. The Cardinals were led by a strong pitching performance by rookie Anthony Reyes who threw 8 strong innings allowing 2 runs on 4 hits. The Cardinals offense was led by Albert Pujols, Jim Edmonds, and Scott Rolen who accounted for 5 of the 8 hits and drove in 4 of the 7 runs that were scored.