By pitching Boston to a two games to none lead in the series, Schilling (1-0) once again overcame the pain of a torn tendon in his right ankle - an injury that requires constant attention and a surgical procedure just for him to take the mound.
After an inspiring performance to beat the
New York Yankees
in Game Six of the American League Championship Series, Schilling was just as good in this one. Staked to an early lead, he throttled one of baseball's best lineups, allowing two singles, two doubles and a walk.
"I just wish everybody on this planet could experience the day that I just experienced," said Schilling, who improved to 2-0 with a 0.99 ERA in his last five World Series starts. "Just the most amazing day of my life."
"We all know what the circumstances are. I thought he was very, very good," Boston manager
Schilling's performance enabled the packed house and thousands of freezing fans stationed outside Fenway Park to begin to dream about the end of The Olde Towne Team's 86-year title drought. Thirty-seven of the 48 teams that have taken a 2-0 World Series lead have gone on to win the title.
"These fans, every memory I am going to take away from this season revolves around their energy at this ballpark," Schilling added. "Regardless of what happens in my career, I'll never get a feeling like this ever again. ... Theese fans were a part of it. They believe in me to the umpth degree."
followed Schilling and struck out the side.
took over in the eighth and allowed a run before
recorded the final four outs, giving Boston its sixth straight postseason win.
"So far we have been able to carry (the momentum) over to this series," Embree said. "Hopefully, we'll keep it going. We feed off the positive energy. We are not going to fall into a trap after winning the first two."
Game Three is Tuesday at Busch Stadium, with Boston looking to take a commanding lead behind star righthander
. The Cardinals, who have not lost at home in the postseason, counter with
, who had two stints with the
"We knew tonight was a must win for us," Boston center fielder
said. "We knew we had to go into St. Louis up 2-0. Game Three is a must win for us. We're not going to take anything for granted. We know how momentum in this series works. Game Three is a must for us."
The best road team in baseball during the regular season, St. Louis is 1-6 on the road in this postseason. The Cardinals also have dropped eight straight road games in the Fall Classic dating to 1985.
"What 0-2 means is that we get another chance to play again," St. Louis catcher
said. "We get to go home, a place we feel comfortable and a place we played well all year."
Pitching on three days' rest, St. Louis ace
(0-1) allowed four runs and four hits in 4 1/3 innings. A free agent at the end of the season, it may have been the righthander's last outing with the Cardinals.
"A couple of pitches I'd like to have back," Morris said. "I would have changed my pitch selection. Overall, just a bad selection, bad choices by me. ... They are good situational hitters, a little more aggressive with men on base and when you put yourself in a hole, it makes it tougher."
"I thought Matt did a heck of a job," St. Louis manager
Tony La Russa
said. "I thought his stuff was good and only gave up four runs on two swings with two outs."
and their fans were looking for signs that the drought was coming to an end, they were easy to spot. Boston overcame four errors for the second straight night and has held sluggers
to one bunt single in 16 at-bats in the series.
scored twice in the first. Morris got ahead of, but eventually walked,
. Morris also got ahead of former Cape Cod League teammate Varitek, who ripped a triple to the deepest part of the ballpark.
It was the first triple by a catcher in World Series play since new York Yankee
accomplished the feat in Game Six on 1996.
Schilling cruised with the lead but an error by third baseman
in the fourth led to an unearned run.
went back to work in the bottom half.
was hit by a pitch with one out. Mueller atoned for his defensive miscues with a double into the right field corner and Bellhorn - the hero of Game One - drilled a double off the center field wall for a 4-1 lead.
The Cardinals had a chance to get back in the game in the sixth, when back-to-back errors by Mueller and Bellhorn brought the tying run to the plate. Schilling picked up his teammates by retiring former teammate
on a sharp grounder that Mueller handled.
picked us up," Boston first baseman
said. "After all the errors, Schilling said, 'It's my turn to pick you guys up' and he did. That's what a team is about."
"It's impressive. Anytime you're hurt and you go out there and the spotlight is on you and you only, it's (difficult). It's not like he's a second baseman or a left fielder, he's got the ball in his hand every pitch and that's pretty impressive," Edmonds said.
in the sixth, Cabrera had a two-run single off the "Green Monster" to make it 6-1.