Game 2 key moment: Andrus single, missed cutoff in 9th inning
Texas Rangers' Elvis Andrus slides into second beating the tag by St. Louis Cardinals' Rafael Furcal during the ninth inning of Game 2 of baseball's World Series Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
(BaseballStL) -- Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus’ sharp single to centerfield in the top of the 9th was only the third hit that St. Louis Cardinals reliever Jason Motte has allowed in his last 30 batters faced, but it proved to be the costliest in the postseason thus far.
Andrus at-bat: Ian Kinsler stole second during Andrus’ at-bat and advanced to third base on the hit. Center fielder Jon Jay’s throw into the infield got away from the cutoff-man, Albert Pujols. That enabled Andrus to slide safely into second base and scoring position with nobody out.
Kinsler scored and Andrus, the go-ahead run, advanced to third on Josh Hamilton’s sacrifice fly to centerfield.
Andrus scored the go-ahead run on Michael Young’s sacrifice fly to centerfield with two outs.
Andrus would have most likely not scored in the 9th to put the Rangers ahead 2-1 had he not been able to advance to second base on the throw back into the infield.