ST. LOUIS -- Lighting does strike twice in the same spot. We just saw it. Right here in St. Louis.
One night after Allen Craig pinch-hit and slapped an RBI single to right field against Texas reliever Alexi Ogando to win Game 1 ... he did it again in Game 2. Reruns? So soon?
Hold on -- not quite. In a tense and taut game as crisp as an autumn leaf, Craig's seventh-inning hit didn't quite win it for the Cardinals this time. It spotted them a 1-0 lead ... which only gave the heretofore vaunted St. Louis bullpen the chance to cough it up. Which it did.
Texas 2, Cardinals 1, and this World Series is tied at a game apiece and heading to Texas.
Craig's was an amazing, incredible moment given that pretty much the exact same thing occurred 24 hours earlier. Only difference was, the Rangers and Cardinals were 2-2 in Game 1 when Craig batted with two out and runners on first and third in the sixth.
Game 2, it was 0-0 with two out and runners on first and third in the seventh.
But instead of allowing Craig to become the hero on consecutive nights, Texas' AWOL offense showed up in the ninth with two runs on back-to-back sac flies from the aching Josh Hamilton (groin) and Michael Young.
Talk about eeking one out.
Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus greeted Cardinals reliever Jason Motte with singles to start the ninth. Then, in a move revealing why he never did name Motte as the club's official closer, Tony La Russa hooked him for matchups. Veteran lefty Arthur Rhodes was summoned to face Hamilton, and the Texas lefty hacked at the first pitch and tied the game.
Then Young poked a fly ball deep enough to score Andrus against Lance Lynn.
The Cardinals had been three outs from seizing a 2-0 lead in this World Series and knocking the wind out of the Rangers.
Instead, the Cards were left to wonder what hit them instead.
And this, folks, is just getting good.