Monday, October 3, 2011
Unsung hero: Craig Gentry
By Richard Durrett
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- As part of our postseason coverage, we give you a look at one player that might go unnoticed during the game. For Game 3 of the ALDS, that's Craig Gentry.
In a game full of key moments, Gentry's contribution in the seventh is worth noting.
Mike Napoli's two-run homer gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead. But Nelson Cruz and Mitch Moreland grounded out and it appeared David Price might exit the inning down just one. Gentry, though, got ahead in the count 3-1 and got a fastball he could hit up the middle. The single started yet another rally for Texas. Gentry, who was caught stealing earlier in the game (the first time he's been caught in his career), stole second base. Once Ian Kinsler got on base, he was part of a double steal and then scored on Josh Hamilton's two-run single.
Gentry has played in Games 1 and 3 against left-handed pitching. He was also in center field on Monday, running balls down with no trouble. He ended up 2-for-3 with a run scored and a walk in the game.