Last night in a wacky and wild game 5 the Texas Rangers defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2, to take a 3-2 series lead as the World Series heads back to St. Louis for the final 2 games.
The bizarre events that led to the outcome started in the 8th inning when two mishaps between LaRussa and bullpen coach Derek Lilliquist. Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said he called down to the bullpen earlier in the inning and wanted Rzepczynski and closer Jason Motte to get ready. Instead, bullpen coach Derek Lilliquist heard only Rzepczynski at first. La Russa called again to ask for Motte and this time Lilliquist heard “Lynn,” as in reliever Lance Lynn. Because of the mixup and Mott not being warmed up lefty specialist Mark Rzepczynski was forced to face right handed hitting catcher Mike Napoli who ended up hitting the game winning two run double. The game took another bizarre twist in the 9th inning when the cardinals Allen Craig was caught stealing second on a strike em out throw em out double play when Albert Pujols struck out swinging, to kill any rally the Cardinals might of had in the 9th inning. The hit and run play was supposedly called for by Pujols and not LaRussa or anyone on the cardinals staff.
I must say it’s simply amazing how in game 5 of the World Series Tony LaRussa can have these ridiculous mishaps occur. This man is considered one of the elite managers in the game and in a matter of twenty minutes him and his team self destructed and now we are one game away from the biggest Ginger Ale celebration ever if Josh Hamilton and the Rangers can win one of the next 2 games.