Ex-Pelican Andrus scores World Series game-winner

Former Myrtle Beach Pelican and Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus came through in the clutch in Thursday’s Game 2 of the World Series, scoring the game-winning run in a 2-1 comeback victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Andrus came to the plate in the ninth hitless on the night and with the Cardinals leading 1-0, but he had a chance to do some damage after teammate Ian Kinsler got on first.

Andrus crushed a liner to center field to advance Kinsler to third and he made a huge base-running move to take second after the throw to home, just beating out the tag.

Rangers star Josh Hamilton launched a sac fly to score Kinsler and send Andrus to third, then Michael Young did the same to plate Andrus for the go-ahead run.

Andrus also made a run-saving stop to begin and inning-ending double play in the fifth inning. Cardinals counterpart Rafael Furcal, who was the first ex-Pelican to make it to the major leagues in 2000, ripped a one-hopper that Andrus scooped up and started the twin-killing. Furcal went 1-for-5 for the Cardinals.

The ninth-inning rally allowed the Rangers to even the series at 1-1 heading back to Texas for Games 3 and 4. Fellow former Pelican Matt Harrison is scheduled to pitch in Game 4.

The Rangers, who became the parent club of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans last season, acquired Andrus and Harrison in a trade with the Atlanta Braves.


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