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Matt Holliday comes up big against Junichi Tazawa as Cardinals retake lead in the 7th

Oct 26, 2013, 11:06 PM EDT

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The Red Sox couldn’t hold the tie game Daniel Nava generously gave them after the sixth inning. In the bottom of the seventh, Will Middlebrooks took over at third base and Xander Bogaerts moved to shortstop in lieu of Stephen Drew. Meanwhile, lefty Craig Breslow toed the rubber to start the inning. Important details.

Matt Carpenter led off with an infield single to Bogaerts. Breslow then threw a fastball just a bit too inside to Carlos Beltran, barely grazing the armor the Cardinals outfielder wears on his elbow, putting runners on first and second with nobody out. Red Sox manager John Farrell brought on right-hander Junichi Tazawa to face Matt Holliday, but it went sour quickly. Holliday ripped a double down the left field line. As Nava retrieved the ball in the corner, Carpenter had already scored easily while Beltran motored around third base, scoring just ahead of the relay throw to put the Cardinals up 4-2. Holliday moved to third base on the play at the plate.

Tazawa was able to strike out Yadier Molina and work around a two-out walk of David Freese as Jon Jay flew out to center to end the inning. The Cardinals are six outs away from taking a 2-1 lead in the World Series.

  1. jblokhed - Oct 26, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    If Buck is going to call the World Series can he at least learn the proper baseball terminology? How many time is he going to call a foul ball a foul tip? A foul tip is always an out with two strikes as the catcher has received the ball basically on a line. This is a live ball and runners can be thrown out. If a ball just touched by the bat hits anything other than the catcher’s glove it is a foul ball and a dead ball. It’s as if Super Bowl announcers called defensive holding pass interference or a false start an offsides, just because they don’t know the difference.

    And Fox, stop cutting away from the action to show me Granny praying.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 26, 2013 at 11:30 PM

      I’m more worried about them just calling the game. I don’t need the commentary from a pitcher on the bench while someone is up to bat.

      • anxovies - Oct 27, 2013 at 1:48 AM

        Amen. I am sick of having to hear sportscasters ask managers, players, politicians, actors, musicians and whoever fatuous questions while there is a game being played. That’s what sports shows are about. Do these arrogant jerks think we tune in a game to watch them?

  2. Francisco (FC) - Oct 26, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    And Victorino doing what he does best…. get hit. To be fair though, that one was quite obviously not his fault. He even tried to squirm away.

  3. paperlions - Oct 26, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Man, this is stressful.

  4. rje49 - Oct 26, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Middlebrooks should have had it. As I said after the Iglesias trade, I cringe when the ball is hit to Middlebrooks!

  5. peterjohnjoseph - Oct 26, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    That grunting sound you’re all hearing outside your windows is Scott Boras every time Ellsbury gets a hit.

  6. paperlions - Oct 26, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    If the Cardinals lose this game, though many things will have contributed….the inability to get a runner in from 3rd TWICE with no outs will be what should haunt them.

    • Francisco (FC) - Oct 26, 2013 at 11:30 PM

      I was going to make some witty comment about how the best thing for the Cardinals is to NOT have a runner at 3rd with no outs, but you beat me to this observation.

  7. Francisco (FC) - Oct 26, 2013 at 11:29 PM


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