Ed Note: The following unique social media recap of Game 2 of the World Series appears via our Joe Lucia and Amanda Rykoff, who are leading dedicated World Series coverage at Bloguin’s MLB site, The Outside Corner.

The St Louis Cardinals beat the Boston Red Sox 4-2 in Game 2 of the World Series, evening the series at one game apiece.

After Wednesday night’s thrashing, Cardinals fans couldn’t have come into this one too confident, could they have?

Oh. Well then.

James Taylor sang the national anthem before the game started, and things were off to a strange turn right off the bat.

The plan for either side seemed quite simple.

Game 2 didn’t get off to quite the dynamic start that Game 1 did, as both teams were scoreless through the first three.

Michael Wacha got off to a solid start for the Cardinals, striking out two of the first three hitters in the first.

Wacha walked Mike Napoli in the second to give Boston their first baserunner of the night, and this seemed appropriate.

Joe Buck and Tim McCarver were also in rare form on Thursday, hitting every possible narrative they could.

And in case you didn’t know, Wacha went 19th overall in the 2012 Draft, which apparently means 18 TEAMS IN THE LEAGUE ARE IDIOTS (or something).

Oh, right. The baseball game. Well, this was a tight game, which was a huge plus over last night.

There was a Chris Carpenter sighting in the Cardinals dugout. No word on the status of Shelby Miller, though.

Between innings, there was a commercial for pistachio nuts starring Psy. Remember him?

Anyway: THE BASEBALL GAME. Yes, the baseball game. Matt Holliday led off the fourth with a triple off of John Lackey.

Holliday would score on a ground out by Yadier Molina to put the Cardinals in front 1-0.

Of course, that led to some lovely hyberbole by Tim McCarver.

The Red Sox had a chance to tie the game in the fourth after Pedroia led off with a double and David Ortiz walked with one out, but Mike Napoli quickly bounced into a rally-killing double play.

Stephen Drew went 0/3 in the game, but impressed fans with his defensive plays in the fifth.

In the bottom of the sixth, Red Sox magic struck again. Wacha walked Pedroia with one out to bring up Ortiz, who smashed a two-run homer over the Green Monster to give the Red Sox a 2-1 lead. But let’s be honest? Didn’t we all see that coming from a mile away?

Boston’s lead wouldn’t last. John Lackey was chased from the game after a David Freese walk and Jon Jay single, and things were getting hairy in at Fenway.

Craig Breslow replaced Lackey and Pete Kozma came in to pinch run for Freese, which nearly ended in disaster.

The Cardinals successfully executed a double steal to move both runners into scoring position.

Breslow followed up with a walk of Daniel Descalso to load the bases. Matt Carpenter hit a sacrifice fly to left to drive in Kozma and tie the game…and disaster struck soon after for Boston.

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Jarrod Saltalamacchia was charged with an error for mishandling Jonny Gomes’ throw, allowing Jay to move to third. Breslow was charged with an error on his throw into the stands that allowed Jay to score and Descalso to move up to third. Carlos Beltran followed up with a single to bring Descalso in and it was 4-2 in favor of the Cardinals all of a sudden.

James Taylor came out once again during the Seventh Inning Stretch, and things went a bit smoother this time around.

In the seventh, Carlos Martinez replaced Wacha. He got some help from Kozma, something that didn’t seem too likely last night.

Mad Men’s Jon Hamm was shown in the crowd, and he might actually be able to celebrate a win tonight.

In the eighth, Carpenter couldn’t field a grounder from Ellbury, and the tides looked like they were about to turn.

But Martinez struck out Shane Victorino on a nasty slider.

Mike Matheny left Martinez in to face Ortiz after he struck out Pedroia, much to the chagrin of Twitter, who clearly expected Randy Choate to come in to face the left-hander.

Ortiz singled, but Martinez got Mike Napoli to pop up to end the inning.

The Red Sox had no answer in the ninth for Trevor Rosenthal, who struck out the side on just 11 pitches.

And that does it for Game 2. The series is all even at one game, and will be heading to St Louis as (essentially) a best of five. Game 3 will take place at 8 PM on Saturday, and will pit Jake Peavy against Joe Kelly. Expect some runs!

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