ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: Allen Craig #21 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning during Game One of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Busch Stadium on October 19, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Allen Craig is a 2011 World Series hero again in Game 2, singling to drive in the St. Louis Cardinals' first run of the night.
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.