2013 World Series: Don't Pick On St. Louis Cardinals' Kolten Wong

By Sara Lefebvre
Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox are conspiring to make this a very unusual World Series. For the second night in a row, a game ended in a way never seen before with a pickoff play at first base. Kolten Wong is no longer an anonymous bench player; he’s in the history books. His tears, Carlos Beltran‘s shock, and the dismay of fans make it seem like he lost his team the game — but it was lost long before.

At least Wong seemed to realize he was in an important game. Adrenaline and inexperience  in such a big moment did him in. What about his teammates? They nonchalantly looked at third strikes, left runners in scoring position and grounded out time after time.

Boston starting pitcher Clay Bucholz looked like he had come to the stadium from a hospital bed against medical advice. The Cardinals managed to score one unearned run against him. Too bad John Farrell decided to pinch-hit for him so early. He probably could’ve managed a complete-game win against the anemic Cardinals bats.

Allen Craig seemed to be the only other redbirds batter who knew they were in a big game. His pinch hit, which would’ve been a double if he were healthy, was his second in two tries in this series. He is 4-for-4 as a WS pinch hitter in his career.

Wong is a good young player. Cardinals fans hope he and his teammates can give them something else to remember about in this series besides missed opportunities.

Sara Lefebvre is a St. Louis Cardinals writer for RantSports.com. Connect with her on Google.

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