TONY LA RUSSA: I hope the next three
pitch as good as the first one. We make no secret
of it. If we were going to win a game in New York,
it would be nice to win six.
Anthony Reyes and Verlander pitching in
Detroit. You play the game, and that's the beauty
of it. There's no script, and some day this might
happen. But we thought we'd take a shot tonight,
we're not going to take anything for granted. We
still know who we're playing and who we have to
hit against the next three days.
Who do you think was more
surprised to see that ball out over the plate,
you or Albert Pujols in the third inning?
TONY LA RUSSA: Well, you know, if I've
got an arm like Verlander or with the pitcher, the
catcher or the manager, what do you do the first
time you face them? What do you do the next
time? He walked them. The guy behind him got
two hits tonight. And Jim is very aware that -- in
fact, both of guys behind him got two hits. That's
part of our strength.
Albert is very dangerous, but these two
guys, when they're swinging, and they're swinging
well, now, be careful putting them on base,
because it will lead to runs, I think.
Why was Reyes so effective?
TONY LA RUSSA: He just got more
aggressive. The first inning, he's feeling his way
through it, and he got a couple of cheap base hits.
Dunc had a conversation with him between
innings. He wanted him to feature his fastball and
work after that. He has a good fastball. He did a
great job locating. There were a couple of times
that Yadier showed his creativity. He might been
thinking off base in the back of his mind. Just real
good coordination between the pitcher and
catcher, and just being more aggressive.
Two years ago Pujols, Edmonds and
Rolen combined to six in 45 bats in the World
Series, no homers, one RBI; tonight a great
performance. Do you think two years ago
helped that at all?
TONY LA RUSSA: Oh, boy, I don't have
an answer to that. They were playing so well two
years ago and we got stopped. Face a young man
like this today, you certainly don't expect five hits
like that. This guy is really, really good. I don't
know. I just take it for what it is. They had a good
night tonight. We had a win. A lot ahead of us.
How close was it to being Jason
Marquis in Game 1 and not Anthony Reyes?
TONY LA RUSSA: I don't know. We had
Jason on the first playoff roster, but as time
elapsed, he had value as a spot starter or reliever,
and as time elapsed and we got into these seven
games, he started more recently, we decided it
was more reasonable for Anthony than to
challenge Jason. It's tough because Marquis has
been an important part of our club for three years.
That's one of those things not fun to make that
I know it was a smaller thing earlier
in the third inning, but can you talk about
calling a hit-and-run with Taguchi up, and how
important when you consider how the rest of
the inning went? I believe he had to throw his
bat at that ball and get it on it and not having
Molina running against Ivan Rodriguez.
TONY LA RUSSA: It's a tribute to the guy
we're facing. We did not feel we were going to
score runs if we were going to have to accumulate
hits. So you try to be aggressive. When you're
facing a challenge like that, if you sit around and
wait, I mean, most times it doesn't work.
We didn't catch a break because So has
that ability. He has a great curveball. How he put
it in play is only because he has terrific bat control.
And if the guy gets to second base, Verlander has
to work more carefully to Eckstein, Duncan and
both. One of the biggest hits tonight was Duncan's
to get us on the board.
Who taught Anthony to wear his hat
TONY LA RUSSA: I guess I heard he's
right behind me and that will be a great question
for him. I'm not a real style master, but that style is
not that attractive (laughter.)
He's a good looking guy, but I think he'll explain it
to you. It has something to do with his
concentration and focus. I don't think it's going to
be copied widely by the kids of America.
In terms of wackiness, how wacky
was the play when Inge backed up on the ball?
He was charged with an error for obstructing.
TONY LA RUSSA: Well, I thought that's,
to me, that was Cardinal baseball. Second and
third and Jim Edmonds got a great jump. All of a
sudden the ball hops up on Inge. If the ball stayed
down he would have made an out. But we caught
a break on the hop, and he had to rush it and it led
to what it led to.
So I think more than anything else it was
just good base running by Jim, and then Scott
knew he was going, he came around like a freight
train. But just took advantage of a break.
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