With the way the game ended, one might easily have flashbacks to last October’s World Series against the Boston Red Sox.
The Cardinals took the lead in the fourth inning when Craig drove in Holliday on an RBI single.
Taking over on the mound in the eighth inning was Carlos Martinez. Unfortunately, Martinez has really struggled in his setup role. Martinez allowed a two-run homer off the bat of Gerardo Parra to give the Dbacks a 2-1 lead. It marked the fourth blown save this season for Martinez. Maybe he needs some fine-tuning down in Memphis?
With runners on the corners in the bottom of the eighth inning, Mike Matheny called back Peter Bourjos and replaced him with Jon Jay. Jay ended up hitting a sac fly to score Yadier Molina from third base. This pinch-hit decision has major repercussions for the game. If Bourjos gets an extra-base hit, two runs probably score and there is no extra inning game. Instead, Jay would later step up to the plate in the tenth inning with bases loaded and not help the cause from an offensive standpoint.
The Cardinals loaded the bases in the tenth inning but got nothing accomplished after Holliday led off the inning with a double. Jay struck out and Daniel Descalso grounded out to end the inning.
Jay made a heck of a play at the wall in the top of the 12th inning.
In the 12th inning, Holliday led off once again. This time, the left fielder drew a walk. A double from Matt Adams sent Holliday to third base. The Diamondbacks opted to walk Molina to load the bases. Unfortunately for the Dbacks, Allen Craig stepped up to the plate.
Craig, already having a huge night with three hits, should have grounded out on a force out but the throwing error resulted in everybody being safe–including the game winner.
Adams joined Craig with a three-hit night, including two doubles. Molina added two hits, including his 11th double of the season.
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