One Run and Done
Not really much to say about that loss except it stings to lose a pitcher’s duel in the top of the ninth.
As shaky as Kevin Gregg has been this season, you have to give credit to Matt Holliday for hitting a great pitch. Gregg was just an inch or two away from striking Holliday out, but he went down and got it for the game-winning hit.
One trend I’ve started to notice and something that’s especially noteworthy during this series: notice the differing managerial styles of Cito Gaston and Tony La Russa?
Daniel mentioned this on the United Cardinal Bloggers Radio Hour last night, but perhaps La Russa was a little too anxious to bring in Albert Pujols when he led of the eight inning with a double, then instructs Nick Stavinoha to bunt him over. Pujols gets caught in the rundown and Stavinoha moves into second, but the Cardinals give up an out.
Why not just let nature take its course and see if the Cardinals designated hitter can bring in Pujols with nobody out?
Then on the flip side, you have Cito Gaston. Top of the seventh, Jose Bautista leads off with a walk. Most managers would then call for the sacrifice bunt to move the runner over. Instead, Lyle Overbay gets the green light to swing away.
I don’t know who the next manager of the Toronto Blue Jays is going to be, but I hope he’s somewhere in between Tony La Russa and Cito Gaston. Not too hard, not too soft … just right.