ST. LOUIS -- David Murphy wanted the chance to make something happen in the seventh inning. But, when St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa turned to lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski with two on and one out, Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington countered by pinch-hitting for Murphy.
After the 3-2 loss in Wednesday's Game 1 of the World Series, Washington was second-guessed for turning to Craig Gentry instead of sticking with the hot-swinging Murphy, despite the lefty-on-lefty matchup, and for next pinch-hitting Esteban German instead of Yorvit Torrealba.
"In a situation like that what's out of my hands is out of my hands," Murphy said. "I feel great right now. Each situation is different and I have to trust my manager and the decisions he makes."
Gentry struck out looking and German went down on three pitches.
Murphy got a key, two-RBI hit in Game 6 of the ALCS off Detroit Tigers lefty Daniel Schlereth. That at-bat came in the third inning, early to go to a pinch-hitter. Murphy is hitting .360 in the playoffs, but .200 against lefties with the one hit in five chances. He hit just .215 against lefties in the regular season.
"Not necessarily surprised because it's not the first time it's happened this postseason," Murphy said of being lifted. "Obviously, I would have loved the opportunity."