Two-out knocks put Cards up early, 1-0

Let's get the obvious out of the way: Stephen Strasburg wouldn't have allowed this run to score. Stephen Strasburg would have taken the mound to raucous cheers, and the light from his aura would have blinded the home-plate umpire, who would be forced to do the "strikeonestriketwostrikethreeyerout" call from Baseball Bugs for every batter. Strasburg would ascend into the stars, but only after the game was over and the no-hitter complete.

But Strasburg was not on the mound. Edwin Jackson was. And the last time we saw him in the playoffs, he was setting Cardinals franchise records, walking seven betters in a World Series game (that the Cardinals somehow won). After two quick outs, Jackson allowed a solid single to Matt Holliday. That brought up Allen Craig, who ripped a double down the line:


Holliday runs well, but not that well, so it wasn't a given that he would score from first. But then this happened:


No carom. Not even at all. I have a bad feeling about the Cardinals this year, folks. They freak me out. They seem like the team that will or will not get the carom throughout the postseason as the situation dictates.

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