Jamie Garcia had a 3.56 ERA this year. He had a fantastic 3.12 K/BB ratio and a below-average home run rate. It's not like the Cardinals traded for Bruce Chen, made him pitch right-handed, and then nervously watched as he gave up a few runs. Garcia's been good this year. A couple of runs shouldn't be enough to pull him, right?
It's the October of Showering Before You Expect It though. Every team has a quick hook this postseason, with the Cardinals and Rangers getting to the World Series because they implemented quick hooks with precision. So after just three innings, Garcia gave way to Fernando Salas.
Whoops. Wrong one. But that one's still funny. Hold on.
Yeah, that's the one. Cruz took second on the play, and scored on Mike Napoli's RBI single in the next at-bat to give the Rangers a 3-2 lead.
Then Colby Lewis came up to bunt, and we found out how his bunting could have been worse than last time. Last time, he didn't almost kill Mike Napoli:
The throw from Salas on the bunt went into center field, but Napoli rolled his ankle something fierce. He stayed in the game somehow, but the Rangers didn't score. Whew.