10/03/2002 9:45 pm ET
MLB.com rates the performances
The best and worst of Game 2: Cards at D-Backs
By Jared Hoffman / MLB.com
One Cactus: You sat on a cactus and it hurts
Two Cactus: Looking for shade but no luck
Three Cactus: Between a pool and a mirage
Four Cactus: Take a gulp of water, you deserve it
Five Cactus: Even in the desert, you're cool
Alex Cintron: Pinch-runner Alex Cintron might have ran the Diamondbacks out of the game and the series in the seventh. With Cintron on second and Tony Womack on first, Junior Spivey hit a grounder to third and Cintron ran right in front of third baseman Scott Rolen and was called out for interference. Rolen might not have had a play and the bases would have been loaded with Greg Colbrunn coming up.
Middle of the order: Greg Colbrunn, Matt Williams and Steve Finley, the 3-4-5 men in Arizona's lineup, combined to go 1-for-11 (0.90) with Finley's blooper just out of reach of second baseman Fernando Vina representing the only hit. The trio left six men on base.
Mike Koplove: Mike Koplove pitched a perfect eighth, retiring Albert Pujols, Eli Marrero and Tino Martinez. In the ninth, he gave up the game-winning run on hits by Edgar Renteria and Migiuel Cairo.
Quinton McCracken: Quinton McCracken's RBI double off the right-field wall with two outs tied in the eighth - a key moment of the game as the Cardinals were one out away from getting to closer Jason Isringhausen with the lead. McCracken was the only Diamondbacks player to get a base hit with runners in scoring position.
Curt Schilling: Curt Schilling emphatically answered anybody doubting he would be up to the task for Game 2 after a shaky September. Schilling allowed just one run - a J.D. Drew solo homer in the third - on seven hits and a walk. He put Arizona in position to even up the series but the offense wasn't able to respond.
One Riverboat: Your performance has Proud Mary wearing a paper bag
Two Riverboats: Not even hope could float your boat
Three Riverboats: You're up the river but without a paddle
Four Riverboats: You're rolling, rolling, rolling down the river
Five Riverboats: You're as mighty as the Mississippi River
Steve Kline: Steve Kline came on in relief of Chuck Finley with one out and nobody on in the seventh. He retired Mark Little and then gave up a base hit to Tony Womack. He made matters worse when he walked the left-handed hitting Womack on five pitches to put the tying run in scoring position and the go-ahead run on base..
Albert Pujols and Tino Martinez: Scott Rolen reached base in each of his three at-bats with two singles and a hit-by-pitch. However, Pujols, who was batting in front of Rolen failed to get on ahead of Rolen when he had base hits in the fourth and sixth. Martinez went 0-3 in his at-bats following Rolen. Pujols' error at third in the eight also led to Arizona's only one run.
Miguel Cairo: Miguel Cairo entered the game in the bottom of the eighth on a double-switch. After Arizona had tied the game that inning, Cairo helped grab momentum for St. Louis with a base hit to drive in Edgar Renteria. Cairo was then caught stealing third when he started to go but stopped. A few pitches later Fernando Vina singled.
Chuck Finley: Finley had to wait 16 seasons before getting his first postseason starts last season with Cleveland and went 0-2 with a 7.56 ERA. He got one run to work with in this game and made it count, shutting out the Diamondbacks for 6 1/3 innings on four hits and two walks, striking out seven.
Jason Isringhausen: With a 2-1 lead, closer Jason Isringhausen pitched a perfect ninth inning, getting three easy outs and ending the game with a strikeout of Junior Spivey. This situation - protecting a one-run lead in a playoff game - was one of the top reason the Cardinals signed Isringhausen as a free agent and in his first chance with St. Louis, he got the job done.
Jared Hoffman is an editorial producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.