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a guy who has hit seven home runs this post season. >> tim: if you bring in the left-hander, if you walk cruz, bring in the left-hander to pitch murphy, you'll be facing craig gentry. >> joe: they are going to walk cruz. >> tim: i think again, think your odds are better to walk cruz and pitch to the pinch-hitter after bringing in rzepczynski. >> joe: all in an effort to get around a lead-off double hit by michael youn young. >> joe: really, all three of these intentional walk pitches have been just lobbed to the plate by dotel.
that could have been disaster. this one, a guy who throws 95 is just lobbing it to the plate to put two on with one out. that will bring in rzepczynski. we'll see if it's murphy or gentry. or torrealba. all possibilities. as the young left-hander marc rzepczynski will enter here in the eighth of game five. mk the millions of you who stood up and helped raise more than four million dollars for stand up to cancer, just by using your mastercard. i stand up for my best friend. i stand up for survivors. i stand up for my wife's mom. i stand up to cancer. [ male announcer ] standing with those, who stand up to cancer -- "priceless." join mastercard and major league baseball, and stand up to cancer. go to standuptocancer.o and give. tltltltlestand up to cancer. emotional here? aren't you getting a little industrial? okay, there's enough energy right here in america.
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1-12 with runners in scoring position. rzepczynski will deal with the left-handed hitting. david murphy. >> tim: a bit of a surprise here. david murphy hitting against rzepczynski. however, tony la russa telling us before the game last night, that he would not -- don't be surprised, he said, if i bring in rzepczynski to pitch to right-handed hitters. but against lefties, only .215 this year. >> joe: so no craig gentry no, torrealba. murphy. rzepczynski knocks it to punto who has no play. bases are loaded.
one out. [ cheering ] >> tim: the ball was not hit hard enough for a double play. however, if it's hit by rzepczynski then you at least get the runner at second base, i think. but because it hit rzepczynski, punto can't come up with it. an in-field hit for murphy. >> tim: about the only thing that could have prevented an out for the cardinals then was for the ball to get through rzepczynski without hitting him. man! >> joe: napoli with the bases loaded z one out.
-- loaded. one out. strike one. michael young led off with a double. intentional walk to cruz. the infield hit by david murphy. >> joe: right off his left knee. feliz getting loose. time called. rzepczynski picked up by the cardinals in july in that trade. three-way deal with the white sox, blue jayse and cardinals. and now yadier molina goes out to talk as lance lynn
>> joe: moreland now, strike one. napoli delivers for texas what the cardinals have been waiting for all night. a big hit with runners in scoring position. craig gentry take over as the pinch-runner at third. david murphy who got that infield hit. off the left knee of rzepczynski. who will be replaced both on the bases and then on the outfield, as gentry will go to center. hamilton to left.
the count is 0-2 on moreland, who has homered tonight. >> tim: hard to figure out which was a more valuable hit. murphy, or napoli. they were equally important. >> joe: i think that look from behind home plate, runners at first and second on the ball hit by murphy might have led right to the bag. that is a ball outside. never know how a play is going to wind up. >> tim: right. >> tim: i think it would. i don't think the ball was hit hard enough for a double play. that's the way i saw it. but hard to say. again, you are there. there is no speed. >> joe: moreland strikes out. two out in the inning.
had he not touched that ground ball off the bat of david murphy. and then it's mike napoli getting the big two-run double. here is that ball up the middle. >> tim: watch punto. going toward the bag. either punto or furcal. furcal had the best shot of completing the double play if it was hit hard enough. the one thing you can't tell a pitcher is don't react. he is just reacting. it's a natural thing to do. you are 55 feet away from home plate. >> joe: here is lance lynn. they are going to watch kinsler and pitch to andrus. sometimes we talk about it in the alcs, sometimes the manager lets the previous pitcher gives a walk so the new guy isn't coming in and first thing he is asked to do is lob it out of the strike zone.
>> tim: if there is any way to develop a bad habit is come in from the bullpen and throw four straight balls. >> joe: cardinals in the ninth inning will have craig, pujols, holliday. two, three, four hitters. down by at least two. andrus is the eighth man to bat in the inning. the strategy, la russa wanted lynn to come in for the intentional walk and now he is going back to his bullpen. whoever is coming in from behind that wall, and it's motte, wasn't ready. so he bought some time by having lance lynn come in. and walk kinsler intentionally. motte will try to keep it a two-run game.
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>> joe: here is jason motte, the cardinal closer trying to keep at it two-run game. time for nigh cobb one replay cam -- nikon one replay cam. good play by elvis andrus and big stretch by moreland with a go-ahead run at second, start of the play in the top of the eighth. and now motte with the bases loaded, two-out. you know ron washington is in the rangers dug-out, in this park with the cardinal hitters coming up, craig, pujols, holliday, he wants more of those runs sitting out there. >> tim: that's right. even with neftali feliz in the bullpen, one of the great young closers. we talked earlier in the opening that both teams playing this like it was a game seven. i think that is still true. >> joe: andrus, strike one.
we haven't seen motte since he was saddled with the loss in game two. the guy at the plate got him for a big base hit. to setup flying sac fly and the go-ahead sac fly. hamilton, young. strike two. 99 from motte. >> tim: i mean with the element andrus hits the ball to right field. on 90-mile-per-hour fastball. motte is not going to give him anything other than a 94-mile-per-hour slider. upwards of 97 fastball. so you have to swing your outfield toward the right-field line. give him the left-field line. that appears to be what craig is doing.
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it's ready. are you? >> joe: the usual late inning switch for ron washington. he puts hamilton in left with the lead and craig gentry who pinch-ran for murphy in the bottom of the eighth to center. here is neftali feliz. with his post-season career has not blown a save. allen craig. first up. strike one from feliz. felipfeliz got the finl two outs last night. took over for derek holland. walked the lead man he faced, which is the guy at the plate right now craig. a little bit low. a ball and a strike.
strike two. >> joe: matt harrison is scheduled for a game seven, if we get there. this ninth inning belongs to feliz. the 1-2. fouled out of play. again, there will be questions about him being -- in the end it goes down as a caught stealing. it looked to us as a hit-and-run. the question from la russa when craig got back to the dug-out, we believe it may have been a play put on by the hitter albert pujols. the pitch was high. he was thrown out. cardinals had a hit and three walks. did not score.
and now craig is hit. that will bring the tying run to the plate. here in the ninth inning with pujols walking in. >> tim: earlier in the count, feliz threw a breaking ball. he tries another breaking ball. it slips out of his hands. and freese walks and nolan ryan can't watch. don't blame him. >> joe: and now pujols. >> joe: tying run at the plate. breaking ball in for a strike.
>> joe: pujols intentionally walked his last three plate appearances. rangers have to pitch to him now. out goes from 0-2 to 3-2. matt holliday on deck. >> joe: the runner was going. and he will come back. >> tim: that is not that risky. but since the pitch is out of the strike zone, it's ball four as pujols makes enough contact to warrant sending craig in this spot.
>> joe: another foul. cardinals trying to avoid a double play. we talked about already tonight 169 times during the regular season for a new national league record. grounded in to a double play. home run hitters to follow pujols. >> tim: pitchers and catchers are trained if you are going to get beaten, or if they are going to tie, do it with your best pitch. his best pitch is a fastball. >> joe: struck him out. throw down. two out. [ applause ]
>> tim: fastball. outside. napoli. for the second time in a row craig is out at second base. >> joe: napoli is having an incredible series. at the end of a long year. a guy who was major league baseball's best hitter average wise. since the fourth of july. has done it with his bat. and now he has cut down craig twice. with his arm. ball one outside. 1-1. sending the runner looks good when pujols makes contact. looks bad when he doesn't. >> tim: