Been out-straight on the income-producing side of Life, so have neglected blogging. Will try to catch up a little this a.m.
First, the World Series:
To date, not a classic, unfortunately. The Redbirds didn’t show up for Game 1. Game 2 was more satisfying (at least, from my perspective) with Michael Wacha dealing well with the pressure. He wasn’t at the top of his game, but his being on the second rung of his game is better than a lot of pitchers on the top of theirs. Sloppy Sox defense helped the Cardinals seal it.
Game 3, ugh. They jumped all over Peavy, but, after scoring 2 in the 1st inning, they still had 2 runners on and only one out, and they couldn’t get anything more out of the inning.
Holliday pulled a baserunning boner in the 3rd. In the 4th, bases loaded and nobody out, and they shut down, came away with nothing when they had a chance to put the game out of reach. Kelly was pitching well enough, but 2-0 wasn’t enough.
2 on, 2 out in the 5th. Freese, who’s 1 for 8 in the Series with 2 walks and 4Ks, flies out.
Holliday comes through with a double in the 7th, and the game turns over to the young relief corps, who can’t hold the lead, and the Sox come back in the 8th. Rosenthal returns to form in the 9th and burns them down. Sox fans everywhere will wonder why Farrell sent his pitcher to the plate when he had Napoli on the bench. They will remember Grady Little leaving Pedro Martinez in too long and (perhaps) John McNamara’s decision to send Calvin Schiraldi to the mound in the 10th and not replace Bill Buckner with Dave Stapleton (I saw that game, and even I said, “ouch.”)
Then the bottom of the 9th. Bang-bang defensive work by Pedroia cut down Molina at the plate, but Saltalamacchia, in the heat of the moment, overthrows third, setting up the unfortunate (but correct) call that hands the Cardinals the game. (Sox fans, don’t get too upset; we still remember Don Denkinger.)
At this point, though, there is something to be said for Allen Craig’s effort.
Out since early September with an injured foot, he isn’t able to play the field, so he’s a DH/pinch-hitter. With 1 on and 1 out, he puts Molina in scoring position, then, when Pedroia guns down Molina at the plate, he breaks for third, forces the error and, despite being tripped up by Middlebrooks, lumbers home and slides. Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz has an appreciation.
Cardinal fans should be as relieved as they are happy this morning. Buchholz v. Lynn tonight.