Cardinals Short Hops: Game 2

Cardinals Short Hops: Game 2

DETROIT -- Fielding the Cardinals' 3-1 loss to the Tigers in Game 2 of the 102nd World Series on a short hop ...

In < 25 words ...
Tigers southpaw Kenny Rogers continued to pitch brilliantly, throwing eight scoreless innings to extend his postseason streak without yielding a run to 23 innings.

Frozen moment
The Cards scored once and loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth, but Tigers closer Todd Jones forced Yadier Molina to ground to short to end the game.

Big number
9
-- After Rogers retired 10 straight hitters from the final batter of the first inning through the final batter of the fourth, all of the momentum the Cardinals possessed after winning Game 1 on Saturday night was gone.

Game ball
Jim Edmonds -- Three balls:
Edmonds had two hits, including an RBI double off Jones with two outs in the ninth that made the game interesting.

Sense of October
Against a hot pitcher this time of year, a team must make the most of its opportunities. But Juan Encarnacion's poor at-bat against Rogers -- he entered the game 4-for-13 (.308) against the left-hander in his career -- in the first inning ended the threat.

Lines of the game
Hitting
Scott Spiezio
2 AB, 0 R, 0 H, 0 RBI, 1 BB
Comment: Spiezio was in the lineup because he was 15-for-38 (.395) in his career, including 2-for-2 with a double this season against Rogers. But Rogers was so sharp that the walk Spiezio drew in the sixth qualified as an offensive highlight for the Cards. Spiezio was 0-for-2 against Rogers.

Pitching
Jeff Weaver
5 IP, 3 R, 9 H, 1 BB, 5 Ks
Comment: Weaver threw a poorly located pitch to Craig Monroe for a home run for one of two first-inning Tigers runs, but the right-hander pitched well overall for his 85 pitches. He was at his best in the fourth, when the Tigers loaded the bases with no outs, and Weaver fanned Curtis Granderson, forced Monroe into an infield popup and worked a groundout from Placido Polanco to get out of the threat. Weaver almost pitched around Carlos Guillen's triple in the fifth, but Sean Casey knocked a two-out RBI single.

Spoken
"I felt like for two days we've come in here and competed really well. I thought we made enough contact. We needed a few more hits and maybe a run or two on the board, but I definitely am not unhappy." -- Cardinals manager Tony La Russa

Next step
The teams have workouts at Busch Stadium on Monday. On Tuesday night in Game 3, the Cardinals will send right-hander Chris Carpenter to the mound against left-hander Nate Robertson with the Series tied at 1.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.