World Series Game 4: A Fourth Inning Of Minimal Interest

Saturday night's Game 3 finished 16-7, but one remembers that it was just 1-0 St. Louis going into the top of the fourth. This game was also 1-0 going into the top of the fourth, albeit 1-0 Texas, so one might've wondered if we were in for the same kind of imminent bloodbath.

Of course, that would've been a dumb thing to wonder. If you can't figure out why that would've been a dumb thing to wonder, you're dumb. Derek Holland faced the 2-3-4 hitters in the Cardinals' lineup and kept channeling the part of him that isn't terrible, retiring the side on 11 pitches. The big pitch was an elevated offspeed delivery to Albert Pujols that Pujols popped up in foul territory.

That took us to the bottom half of the fourth, and once again, there were almost some fireworks. With one out, Nelson Cruz lifted a fly ball deep to straightaway center that Jon Jay flagged down on the track. It was the Rangers' fourth fly out to the track in as many innings, and a sign that conditions aren't quite as hitter-friendly as they were last night. Edwin Jackson followed Cruz's fly out by issuing consecutive walks, but then Mitch Moreland basically got himself out by swinging at balls, so it's still 1-0 going to the fifth.

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