A rain soaked outfield helped the Tigers slip up in Game 4 of the World Series. Detroit received another error from one of its pitchers, and David Eckstein had a night he will probably never forget as the Cardinals beat the Tigers 5-4 Thursday night.
Eckstein went 4-for-5 with two RBI as St. Louis claimed a 3-1 lead in the World Series. The All-Star shortstop hit three doubles including one in the eighth inning that broke a 4-4 tie. Detroit center fielder Craig Monroe made a diving effort for Eckstein’s third double, but the ball glanced off his glove. It was a play that lamented how the Tigers have come up short just about all series.
The Tigers carried a 3-2 lead after six innings, but that is when the Cardinals made their biggest noise.
Detroit committed one of its many defensive blunders when Tony Granderson slipped on the wet grass trying to catch a fly. None the less, the ball fell in front of him for an easy Eckstein double. Tigers reliever Fernando Rodney’s throwing error later in the inning allowed Eckstein to score and tie the game 3-3. Rodney’s error made Detroit the first World Series team to have a pitcher commit an error in four consecutive games.
Brandon Inge’s RBI double in the eighth tied the game at 4-4, but the Cardinals never lost their confidence.
Adam Wainright followed a Monroe strike out by getting Carlos Guillen and Magglio Ordonez to groundout ending the game.
Game 5 of the series is scheduled for tonight, but rain is in the weather forecast. If the storm holds up, Jeff Weaver will start for the Cardinals against Justin Verlander for the Tigers. Both pitchers lost their first World Series start.