Friday, October 28, 2011
Mound meltdown puts Cards up 5-2
By Jeff Caplan
ST. LOUIS -- A total meltdown on the mound allowed the St. Louis Cardinals to tack on two runs without the benefit of a hit as they now lead the Texas Rangers 5-2 after five innings.
Scott Feldman started the inning in relief of Matt Harrison. After getting the first out, it all fell apart. Feldman walked Allen Craig to bring up Albert Pujols, whom he hit on an 0-2 count. Lance Berkman grounded out to first to move runners to second and third with two outs for David Freese. The Rangers opted to intentionally walk Freese to load the bases for Yadier Molina.
Feldman fell behind 3-0 before working the count full. Molina walked on an extremely close pitch on the corner, but home plate umpire Jerry Layne didn't budge and it was 4-2.
Texas manager Ron Washington then went to C.J. Wilson, who incredibly hit Rafael Furcal with his first pitch and the Cards walked away with a three-run lead for Chris Carpenter.