Cards took game one 3-2 last night behind a strong pitching performance from Chris Carpenter, 6IP, 5H, 4K. The Bullpen was fantastic and LaRussa made all the right moves. C.J Wilson pitched well too but allowed a 2-out RBI pinch hit to Allen Craig in the 6th.
The Rangers had 1st and 3rd with one out and a chance to tie the game but the Scrable Man Marc Rzepczynski came in and struck out Gentry and German to end the threat. The kid has good stuff but Gentry has to put the ball in play in that spot, and why didWashington pinch hit German, he hasn’t had a plate appearance in this postseason. The Rangers 3 Catchers on the roster, you’re not going to take Napoli’s bat out of the line up so you can use Torreabla in that spot and still have a back up to protect against aNapoli injury. Bad decision because the Rangers didn’t reach base from that point on.
Pujols got plunked in the leg and was hobbling a little so that will be something to watch for tonight, but he looked fine the rest of the game.
How big has David Freese been, he ripped a double that set up the game winner, the NLCS MVP continues to rake in big spots giving a lot of length to the Cardinal lineup.
Dave Duncan has his Bullpen clicking at the right time, they have multiple guys who come in and throw strikes and are fearless and it bodes well for them going forward. I am very impressed with Jason Mott.
Next up tonight Colby Lewis Vs Jaime Garcia