Game 2 of the 2011 World Series was a surprise pitchers' duel through seven innings, with Jaime Garcia striking out seven in as many scoreless innings, but the first run on the board was scored in a strikingly familiar way: Allen Craig singled to the opposite field off Alexi Ogando, driving in a run as pinch-hitter for the St. Louis Cardinals' solid starter. This time the score is 1-0 as the Cardinals' bullpen returns to the field with a chance to stake them to a 2-0 lead going into Texas.
Colby Lewis had been excellent himself through six, but a single from postseason hero David Freese and a single off Mike Young's glove from Nick Punto left Craig and Ogando on the biggest stage in baseball for the second night in a row. The outcome was all too familiar for Rangers fans: Ogando threw two fastballs off the plate and Craig sliced the second one over the second baseman's head to drive in a go-ahead run.
With two innings in a row the outcome is anything but predetermined, but it seemed, for a moment, like that at-bat was.