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Daniel Nava’s RBI single ties Game 3 up in the sixth

Oct 26, 2013, 10:29 PM EDT

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Daniel Nava, getting a much-anticipated start in left field over Jonny Gomes, delivered a game-tying RBI single in the sixth inning. Some would argue that Cardinals manager Mike Matheny deserves half of Nava’s credit, though.

The inning started off innocently enough as Shane Victorino drew a walk off of Cardinals starter Joe Kelly. Dustin Pedroia hit a sharp line dive down the left field line but it was snagged by David Freese. With David Ortiz coming up and Randy Choate warmed up in the bullpen, Matheny removed Kelly from the game for the lefty-on-lefty match-up. Down in the count 1-2, Ortiz singled to the right of first baseman Matt Adams, sending Victorino to third base.

The switch-hitting Nava was in the on-deck circle but Matheny decided to go to right-hander Seth Maness in the hopes that he could generate an inning-ending double play. On the first pitch Maness threw, an 89 MPH sinker, Nava ripped it into left field for an RBI single, tying the game up at 2-2. Xander Bogaerts gave Maness the ground ball double play he was looking for, just a batter too late, going 4-6-3 to end the inning.

Both teams’ starters are out of the game now, making the rest of the game a battle of the bullpens. Jake Peavy‘s night ended with a line that read: 4 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 4 K. Kelly’s line read: 5.1 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 6 K.

  1. unclemosesgreen - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Daniel Nava is a switch hitter.

    • Bill Baer - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:36 PM

      Thanks. I didn’t notice I still had Mike Carp’s Baseball Reference page up because I’m an awful person. womp womp

      • unclemosesgreen - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:37 PM

        You’re ok for a Phan. ;)

  2. Joe - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Nava’s a switch-hitter, not a lefty, but much better batting right handed. I was surprised Matheny didn’t keep Choate in to pitch to him.

    • Joe - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:33 PM

      I meant “much better batting against right handers.”

  3. cohnjusack - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    If the Cardinals lose this, will Pete Kozma crawl into a hole and die? Please?

    Bases loaded, nobody out…take the bat off your fucking shoulder. A goddamn 6-4-3 double play would have been better.

    Other fun Pete Kozma hatred. From June 1st to the end of the season, he hit .179/.237/.230. Adam Wainwright AND Jake Westbrook had higher OPS’s. In fact, 12 pitchers with at least 50 PAs had higher OPS’s. than Kozma over the last four months.

    • mscxvd - Oct 27, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      AGREED! with the bases loaded and no outs and the pitcher is up next you SWING at any thing close!

  4. tfbuckfutter - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Holy shit!

    Middlebrooks at 3rd and Bogearts at SS.

    It’s about buttfuckingshitass time.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:38 PM

      Now that Drew’s off the field, all we have to do is pray the guys break his legs in the back so he Farrell can’t put him ba

      • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:39 PM

        ck in tomorrow.

        Sorry. My keyboard had a moment there.

      • tfbuckfutter - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:41 PM

        I’m just hoping someone convinces him the World Series format is 2-1-2-2 and that everyone is traveling on their own for their own convenience.

      • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:42 PM

        Yeah, I like that better than breaking his legs.. seems like a sweet kid. Good thinking. I was living in the moment there.

    • jya87 - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:57 PM

      ouch, right after that happens, Middlebrooks can’t make a play on Holliday’s go-ahead groundball double.

      • tfbuckfutter - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:59 PM

        Middlebrooks took Bogearts place in the field. Not Drew’s.

        And at least Middlebrooks has the ability to get those runs back with his bat. Even if it’s unlikely it is something that COULD happen.

      • jya87 - Oct 26, 2013 at 11:17 PM

        I understand that. Maybe I should have said, “Bogaerts replaced Drew, and Middlebrooks replaced Bogaerts. As a result, Middlebrooks was the one who tried and failed in making a play at 3rd base instead of Bogaerts. Why Middlebrooks? Because Middlebrooks is at 3rd because Bogaerts replaced Drew at SS.”

        Follow now?

      • tfbuckfutter - Oct 26, 2013 at 11:32 PM

        But you’re suggesting Xander would have made the play.

        He’s not known for his defense either.

  5. peterjohnjoseph - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Oh. My. God. Drew was taken out of a game… Finally.

    We finally get to see what Middlebrooks at 3rd, Bogaerts at short will look like. I have a feeling the field won’t cave in like Ferrell believes.

    • cohnjusack - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:40 PM

      Can we have Drew? We’ll give you Kozma. Please?

      • tfbuckfutter - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:42 PM

        You can have Drew.

        He’s a free agent in a few days.

        Please. Have him.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:44 PM

      I’ll tell you what. You send me an expired gift card to anywhere and you can have him. We’ll take Kozma. Pawtucket can use someone on the bench.

    • Francisco (FC) - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:51 PM

      So far it’s not looking pretty.

  6. wheels579 - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Thats Nava coming through in the fifth slot, driving in Victorino, in case Pouliot is paying attention.

  7. wilkisoft - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    That escalated quickly.

  8. unclemosesgreen - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Holy Victorino did Beltran ever lean into that one.

  9. gameover78 - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    So tired of retarded manager decisions, Breslow sucks….two games in a row now. Should have learned his damn lesson from game 2

    • tfbuckfutter - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:58 PM

      You realize Stephen Drew has started every game in the playoffs if I’m not mistaken.

      Some managers learn lessons the hard way.

      But hey, it’s the World Series. What better time to try and instill confidence. Maybe games 4 and 5 he can make sure it’s Little League rules where everyone gets in the game.

  10. gameover78 - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Breslow is a worthless son of a whore

  11. gameover78 - Oct 26, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    McCarver has been tbag’d more than the Boston Harbor

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