Chris Nelson is my hero

If the Cardinals fail to make the postseason, we certainly can’t blame anybody but ourselves.  Colorado completed a 4 game sweep of the Reds this afternoon, giving St. Louis ample opportunities to close the gap in the NL Central.  We had our chance against the Brewers and will now have to face a very good team in the Atlanta Braves.  We need this win more than ever.

The last I had seen the Reds were up by one run against the Rockies.  Then the next time I looked at the game, the Rockies had taken the lead.  Surely it must have been a 2 run homer.  But I was incorrect.  It was a solo shot and……a steal of home.  What?  Seriously?  So not only did the Reds lose, but they lost by one of the coolest plays in baseball.  That is fantastic.

The game just got over and the video isn’t up yet, but I can’t wait to see it.  I want to know if it was a straight steal or not.  Because if it was, major props to rookie Chris Nelson.  He did his job in a big way.  After Giambi got on, Nelso was put in to run for him.  As a pinch runner in a tie game, your job is simply to score.  By whatever means possible, get your butt across homeplate.  And that’s exactly what he did.  He moved to 3rd on Votto’s error and then stole home.

Again, I don’t know if this was a straight steal or not, but the last person that I know did a straight steal of home was Jacoby Ellsbury of the Red Sox last year.  He stole it off of Yankees lefty, Andy Pettitte.  I remember watching that play and the disbelief on Pettitte’s face.

I’m definitely a fan of the running game.  Home runs are great, but so is a team that can play small ball when the time comes.  If you only rely on homers, you will suffer when your big guys go through a drought.  I miss the old school days of Whiteyball and watching guys like Coleman, McGee and Smith make it look so easy.  Another play I’d love to see live is a guy getting on and then stealing 2nd, 3rd and home in the same inning.  I think Werth did it once a year or two ago, but before that, it hasn’t happened in probably a decade.

But, bottom line is Reds lose and the Cardinals MUST capitalize tonight against Atlanta.  Wainwright is the man for the job.  Here’s hoping the offense can score him at least a few.

Rocks come through again,
Tiffany

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