Allen Craig steps in, delivers like he's done all year long

Allen Craig steps in, delivers like he's done all year long

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 26: Allen Craig #21 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates his ninth inning double against the Boston Red Sox during Game Three of the 2013 World Series at Busch Stadium on October 26, 2013 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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by Brian Feldman, BaseballStL

KMOV.com

Posted on October 27, 2013 at 12:18 AM

Updated Sunday, Oct 27 at 1:33 AM

(BaseballStL) -- They call him the RBI machine. They call him "The Wrench". At this point it really doesn't matter what they call Allen Craig because he just flat out delivers when it counts.

Pinch hitting for Trevor Rosenthal in the bottom of the 9th, Craig not only doubles off Red Sox closer Koji Uehara, he also scores on a crazy final play. An overthrow. An obstruction call.

Cardinals win.

"That was one of the craziest plays I've ever been a part of," Craig said. "To finish off a World Series game like that is crazy."

The first baseman wasn't 100% coming into this game. And that just makes that moment so much more sensational for him teammates.

“Running the bases like he did, I mean that was Kirk Gibson-esque right there. That was a gutsy performance,” Matt Carpenter said.

“It was huge, but he’s a great hitter. He really is, but I’m not surprised. It’s a huge hit. We expect when he comes up to bat that we’re going to get something positive,” Matt Holliday said.

“You see how the whole thing went down. So much mixed emotions going on that we found out we won, we’re happy and then (Craig) is a little banged up and then we’re like ‘oh, what are we doing?’” Kolten Wong said.

“Craig’s that kind of guy that isn’t going to sit around and mope or take the day off. He wants to work and get back here. He’s been working ever since he got hurt to get back here. For him to do that, it’s inspirational,” Wong added.

“If we were going to make it to the World Series, he was going to push himself to be there so that shows you how determine he is to be part of our ballclub and how valuable he was all year long,” Carlos Beltran said.

Craig was a little banged up after the play though. He was helped off the field by the trainers and was looked at afterwards. He insists they did not take another X-Ray of his previously injured foot.

"I'm okay. It's a little sore. We'll see how it feels (Sunday)," Craig said.

He's hopeful he'll be able to play in Game 4.

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