World Series Game 3: Allen Craig Gets Cardinals On Board Early

In Game 2 of the 2006 World Series, the Cardinals hit zero home runs. In Game 3, they hit zero home runs. In Game 4, they hit zero home runs. In Game 5, they hit zero home runs.

In Game 1 of the 2011 World Series, the Cardinals hit zero home runs. In Game 2, they hit zero home runs.

In Game 3, they have hit a home run. And it took them all of two batters! Rangers Ballpark, y'all.

Matt Harrison took the mound for Texas and quickly retired Rafael Furcal to lead off. The next batter was Allen Craig, and after Harrison threw a good first-pitch fastball, he threw a terrible second-pitch fastball.


Harrison missed, but Craig didn't, and the Cardinals' early top candidate for World Series MVP gave St. Louis a quick 1-0 lead.

No more damage was done in the inning, although Matt Holliday singled on a grounder the other way. Harrison threw 20 pitches in the frame, and now it's on Kyle Lohse to keep the Rangers' bats quiet in the bottom half. I am optimistic about Kyle Lohse against this team in this ballpark. I sure am.

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