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Cardinals vs. Red Sox score: Michael Wacha finally cracks as St. Louis can't score

The St. Louis Cardinals will have to pick Michael Wacha up for once this postseason, instead of the other way around.

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The St. Louis Cardinals' run of nearly perfect pitching has obscured their biggest problem this postseason—their inability to score—even as they fell behind 3-2 in the World Series. In Game 6 Michael Wacha's first poor performance in months finally brought it to light; through four innings they trail 6-0, with no runs on four hits against Boston starter John Lackey.

A three-run double from Shane Victorino is the difference-maker so far, but Wacha was shaky all the way around, walking four in a little under four innings of work. Lackey's given up two hits to Allen Craig and two more from Yadier Molina and Matt Carpenter, but none of them have created a significant threat.

In close games it was easier to pin the blame on the individual moments that caused the deficits. Down by six runs it's easier to see the trees: This team needs to hit. They've needed to hit for a while, but now they have five innings left to do it.