In a perfect world, the St. Louis Cardinals punch their ticket to the World Series at home. But in a perfect world, they don’t leave runners in scoring position eight times. Or make errors in crucial moments. Or depend on the bullpen to be perfect, yet again.
I guess this isn’t a perfect world.
With Kyle Lohse pitching on 12 days’ rest, it was a toss up whether he’d be lights out or knocked out. Against the Brewers’ bats, with the home crowd support, either option was entirely plausible. For the first three innings, it looked like the extended rest left him calm and collected with lighting stuff.
With Tony La Russa playing a handful of gut feelings by starting Allen Craig, sitting recently crowned Comeback Player of the Year Lance Berkman, and flip-flopping David Freese and Matt Holliday in the lineup, the chips looked to fall in his favor early.
Matt Holliday — working on breaking out of a slump — hit a shot that sneaked over the right field corner for his first home run in 57 at bats.
In the third, it was another of La Russa’s gut feelings, Allen Craig, who did it for Torty and blasted one into the Cardinals’ bullpen.
But with Freese and Holliday on with two outs, Molina grounded into a force out and the rally ended.
Two doubles, a single and an incredible Jerry Hariston slide to avoid Yadi’s tag at the plate tied it up in the third, and you just had a feeling that the momentum had shifted. Especially after a one-two-three inning from Wolf and another runner stranded in the fourth.
Yes, as an official member of the Ryan Theriot Fan Club, I’m obligated to gawk at his stellar double play that killed the Brewers rally in the fourth. Prince Fielder hit a hot shot to Theriot’s right. He dove, snagged it, and started the inning-ending 4-6-3 double play. I believe my exact tweet was, “NICE PLAY THERIOT!!” Continue reading