10/29/11 2:00 AM ET
Cruz's bid for home run record robbed at wall
By Anthony Castrovince and Chris Haft / MLB.com
Craig tracked the ball to the wall and made a leaping grab to rob Cruz and the Rangers. And it was a big out, under the circumstances."I missed it," Cruz said of the 1-1 pitch he drove. "I wasn't sure that the ball was going to go out."
Cruz tied the record of eight homers, set by Barry Bonds in 2002 and matched by Carlos Beltran in 2004, in Game 6. But later in that game, he was unable to make a play at the wall on David Freese's two-run triple in the ninth, on which the Cardinals tied the game with the Rangers just one strike away from a World Series title.Rangers manager Ron Washington refused to dwell on Cruz's inability to come up with the ball.
"We've always been a group of guys that win and lose together," Washington said. "The play wasn't made, and Nelson is not the one guy that should be singled out. Every single guy in that clubhouse feels the loss for that."
Cruz's 14 career postseason home runs are tied for the ninth-most in Major League history and mark the all-time postseason record over two calendar years, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and his blog, CastroTurf, and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.