ST. LOUIS Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols estimates he's done somewhere between 150 and 200 hit-and-runs in his career. But none has been talked about like the failed attempt that potentially changed the look of Game 5 on Monday night.
With the Cardinals and Texas Rangers tied 2-2 in the top of the seventh inningin Arlington, Pujols sent a signal to third base coach Jose Oquendo that he wanted to attempt a hit-and-run with Allen Craig on first base.
Craig took off for second but the 0-1 pitch from Alexi Ogando was high and outside, causing Pujols not to swing. Craig was thrown out at second base by several feet, slowing what appeared to be a promising rally.
Speaking Wednesday afternoon about the postponement of Game 6 due to rain, Pujols was asked about his decision to put on his own hit-and-run in such a crucial spot.
"I've been at this level for 11 years and that's not the first time that I've put a hit-and-run on," Pujols said. "I don't have any problem with that play...