Is Tony La Russa the best in-game manager in baseball? Once again every button La Russa pushed worked out for him. In the midst of a solid pitching effort by the Cardinals pitcher, Chris Carpenter, La Russa went to his bullpen after 6 innings. The move paid dividends as the Cardinals, once again, stepped up and pitched 3 scoreless innings. The Rangers were unable to get their bats going as they did against the Detroit Tigers in the ALCS. Texas was held to 0-5 with runners in scoring position. Nelson Cruz said after the game “I don’t think we did the job when we needed, men in scoring position is when you need to deliver.” Cruz had an opportunity to keep the game tied in the 6th inning when pinch hitter, Allen Craig came to the plate. Craig sent a tailing fly ball into right field to which Nelson Cruz made a diving attempt to catch. Coming up inches short the ball kicked off of Cruz’s leg scoring the game winning run for St Louis. St Louis kept the one run lead and won game one, 3-2.
Game 2 is tonight at 8:05 ET. The pitching match up is Colby Lewis for the Texas Rangers vs Jaime Garcia for the St Louis Cardinals. Can Texas steal a game in St Louis before heading to Arlington? Will the Cardinals take a 2-0 lead in the World Series? Let us know what you think. As always if you are looking for tickets to any sporting event, concert, or show don’t forget to visit www.biginthegame.com. Use promo code: wordpress for a special discount.