Friday, October 29, 2010
Shot that wasn't didn't surprise Ian Kinsler
By Jeff Caplan
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Apparently Ian Kinsler was not as surprised that his Game 2 blast to deep center wasn't gone, but had actually bounced off the top of the wall and into center fielder Andres Torres' glove for a double.
"I saw a couple balls in batting practice do that," Kinsler said. "It seemed like whenever a ball hit the top of the wall it came back into the park. So when I saw it hit the top of the wall I figured it was going to come back in."
Kinsler's double led-off the fifth inning with the score tied, 0-0. Kinsler would be stranded at second and in the bottom of the inning Edgar Renteria homered to left field for a 1-0 lead. San Francisco Giants pither Matt Cain said he thought Kinsler's shot was long gone.
"I thought it was a home run," Cain said. 'I saw it hit and I thought it hit something behind the wall and I thought it was a home run, so I cashed it in as one run. Then I saw that Torres had thrown it in and he was standing on second. From there I just said, 'Hey, I've got to try to keep that guy there and we'll just get the next guy, see if we can get the next guy out and see how it works out.'"
David Murphy and then Matt Treanor failed to move Kinsler over. Cain then intentionally walked Mitch Moreland to get to C.J. Wilson, who bounced out to first to end the inning.
"It would have been 1-0 at the time," said Kinsler when asked if an extra inch could have changed the course of the game. "Could have. We’ll never know. We didn’t score any runs. One run obviously wouldn’t have won the game at the end of it, but who knows if that would have changed the game."
All three of Kinsler's postseason home runs came in the ALDS.