Key moment: Pujols flashes leather in 6th to save run
St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols makes a play on a ball hit by Texas Rangers' Michael Young during the sixth inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Series Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) By Paul Sancya
(BaseballStL) -- St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols may not have hit a majestic home run or smash an RBI double into the gap to win the game, but the two-time Gold Glove Award winner saved a crucial run from scoring in the top of the 6th inning against the Texas Ranger with his glove.
With two outs in the 6th inning and a runner on third, Pujols slid to stop a ball hit by Michael Young that was tracking down the first baseline and set to plate the go-ahead run home for the Rangers. Pujols flipped the ball to Chris Carpenter to get the Cardinals out of the jam.
“He’s clutch,” Tony La Russa said of Pujols. “He knows where the runner is, where the hitter is, the situation. That’s the play of the game really for us.”
La Russa also credited Carpenter for covering the bag with the quick-running Young at the plate.
“It could have been a big deal,” Carpenter said. “But Albert was able to get to it and made a great play.”
The Cardinals went on to score in the bottom of the inning on a single to right by pinch hitter Allen Craig. That run proved to be the deciding run as the Cardinals took Game 1 3-2.