Mike Napoli hit a Justin Verlander fastball into the left field stands in the seventh inning of the game in Detroit for the only run in the game. The Sox lead the series 2-1. The critical moment in this game came in the bottom of th eighth when Austin Jackson walked with one out and Torii Hunter singled to right moving Jackson to third. So, two on, one out, Miguel Cabrera at bat. In fifth game theory, familiar to readers of this blog, says that fifth games come down to moments like this where a pitch is made, a player hits it or not and the game is over. Here, Junichi Tazawa struck Cabrera out as did Koji Uehara against Prince Fielder a minute later.
Of note in this game, Detroit Manager Leyland did bring in lefthander Phil Coke to pitch against Ortiz and got him to ground out. This is the match up he should have had Sunday night. Also, Napoli’s first ML at bat was vs. Verlander in Detroit and he homered then, too.
The Cardinals just beat the Dodgers 4-2 in LA. The Cardinals hit well with two homeruns, pitched well and the defense was superb.
Even though they lead the series 3-1, the Cards have to get past Greinke and Kershaw to win. We’ll see.