Friday, October 21, 2011

World Series Game 2: Strategy and Mistakes

CAN'T BELIEVE I'm saying this, but Tim McCarver actually made some great points in the ninth inning as Texas rallied to beat the Cardinals, 2-1, and knot the series. 

With St. Louis leading 1-0 in the ninth, the Cards were burned by their "no doubles" defense when Ian Kinsler's high blooper dropped in the outfield. Kinsler reached because the Rangers outfielders were playing across the Mississippi, and he ended up scoring the tying run. 

Moments later, a failed relay catch by Albert Pujols allowed Elvis Andrus to advance to second after singling. That was huge! Andrus would score the game winner on Michael Young's sac fly. 

"Scrabble" Update: Ex-Fisher Cat Marc Rzepczynski has now retired four Rangers, all righty bats, in the Fall Classic ... Tony La Russa removed Jason Motte a little early, ya think? For all the talk about TLR and his Hall of Fame-managing, Ron Washington got heeeem in Game 2.

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