Game 5 Score: Still 2-2 After Cards Leave Bases Loaded Again

So it's only the seventh and this game might last for a long while yet, but the top of the seventh inning has taken the lead in the "Weirdest Half-Inning of Game 5 Pageant".

Alexi Ogando took over on the mound for the Rangers to start the inning, and struck out leadoff man Rafael Furcal. But Allen Craig drew a walk, and with Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday and (maybe) Lance Berkman coming up next, this had the makings of a pretty scary and perhaps devastating inning for Texas.

But a moment later, Craig alit for second base and Mike Napoli threw him out by eight feet.

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In the radio booth, ESPN's Bobby Valentine said, "I don't get that play at all."

Here in my house, I didn't get the next play at all: With the count already 1-and-1 on Pujols, Ron Washington ordered Ogando intentionally walk Pujols. Because, you know, Matt Holliday's not capable of hitting a single or a double or a home run.

Holliday drilled a single to left-center. Pujols reached third, and Holliday second base on the throw. Washington ordered another intentional walk, this time for Berkman.

Which gave the Cardinals a bases-loaded opportunity for the third time in three innings ... and for the third time in three innings, they didn't score; this time, David Freese drove a routine fly to center field, where Josh Hamilton squelched yet another St. Louis rally.

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