PHILADELPHIA — PHILADELPHIA -- There was no doubt about the key play in the Philadelphia Phillies' 2-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 5 of the World Series last night.
It came in the eighth inning, when the Blue Jays had their best chance to chase Curt Schilling and take charge of the game. The stage was set by a pair of ground-ball singles, by Pat Borders and pinch hitter Rob Butler, putting runners on first and third with nobody out.
That brought Rickey Henderson to the plate for the most crucial at-bat of the game for Schilling. After Schilling worked the count to 2-and-2, Henderson hit a sharp bouncer that Schilling knocked down, preventing a single to center field.
Pinch runner Willie Canate immediately broke from third base. Making a quick recovery, Schilling started the rundown by throwing to the plate. Catcher Darren Daulton chased Canate back toward third and third baseman Dave Hollins made the tag.
The play prevented a run, and the trailing runners were kept from advancing into scoring position.
Schilling then made a series of great pitches to strike out Devon White and get Roberto Alomar to ground out to end the inning.
But it was the play on Henderson that was the key to the game, keeping the Blue Jays off the scoreboard and enabling Schilling to stay in control.