October 24, 2011
Leading lads: Mike Napoli(notes) came through from the eighth spot in the order, lining a two-run double to break a 2-2 tie in the eighth. Chris Carpenter allowed a pair of solo homers — one to Adrian Beltre(notes), the other to Mitch Moreland(notes) (not Nelson Cruz(notes)) — and not much else over seven innings.
Head hangers: The managers — Tony La Russa of St. Louis and Ron Washington of Texas — made curious decisions all night, most notably ones that involved the intentional walk. A World Series record six IBBs were issued, though both offenses rarely came close to cashing in. La Russa also kept left-hander Marc Rzepczynski(notes) in to face Napoli when righty Lance Lynn(notes) (or Jason Motte(notes)) was available. He also had some strange explanations as to what the problem was with the bullpen.
Twice, Allen Craig(notes) was caught stealing with Albert Pujols(notes) at the plate — including in the ninth down two runs, on a strike-'em-out, throw-'em-out. Pujols has gone hitless in the Series, except for his huge Game 3.
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What they'll be talking about: Nick Punto(notes) trying to break his bat on his knee, karate-style. Also, the team that has won Game 5 also has won the World Series 66 percent of the time, historically speaking.
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