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10/16/12 11:44 PM ET

Alou reflects on 1962 World Series loss to Yanks

ST. LOUIS -- Fifty years ago on Oct. 16, one of the most memorable days in San Francisco Giants history unfolded.

It also was one of the most excruciating.

The Giants lost Game 7 of the World Series to the New York Yankees, 1-0. Had Willie McCovey's game-ending line drive to Yankees second baseman Bobby Richardson traveled a few feet higher or to either side, the Giants would have won, since Matty Alou was on third base and Willie Mays was on second.

Giants special assistant Felipe Alou, part of general manager Brian Sabean's contingent attending the National League Championship Series, remembered the day all too well. Alou struck out after his brother Matty opened the ninth inning with a bunt single.

Felipe Alou also tried to bunt, as he was ordered to sacrifice. But his attempt rolled foul. As Alou recalled, the Giants took off the bunt sign and called for a hit-and-run. Alou fouled off that pitch before Ralph Terry retired him.

"I punish myself with that [memory]," Alou said Tuesday. "The fact that I didn't bunt and I became a manager myself makes the memory worse. To me, I didn't get my job done. If I would have bunted the guy over, we would have at least tied the game.

"A lot of baseball people, including managers, would say that they don't like bunts. But I do have a lot of respect for sacrifice bunts. Some of the biggest rallies I have witnessed came after a successful sacrifice bunt."

Cain not afraid to pitch inside to Holliday

ST. LOUIS -- The sight of Giants starter Matt Cain and Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday staring each other down conjures the image of two Wild West gunfighters confronting each other at 20 paces.

Holliday has accumulated 47 career plate appearances against Cain, tied for the eighth most among all hitters the right-hander has faced. Cain would appear to have gotten the best of Holliday, who's hitting .200 (8-for-40) off him. But Holliday also has homered three times off Cain, who's scheduled to start Wednesday's Game 3.


"There's always been a challenge, because I've been a guy that's always going to challenge him and he's a guy that's going to challenge you at the plate," Cain said. "He's not afraid to swing the bat. Sometimes it depends on if you throw the ball where you want to, because if you don't, he swings hard and he's going to take advantage of it. And it's usually not going to be a little sloppy single. It's going to be something that is going off the wall or over it."

Cain wasn't concerned about the impression he might leave if he flings a pitch that travels a little too far inside toward Holliday. It could be interpreted as retaliation for Holliday's physical Game 2 slide into second baseman Marco Scutaro.

"You have to pitch your game," Cain said. "If something gets away from you inside, that's kind of part of the game. You've got to be able to pitch inside and you've got to be able to pitch away. You can't have a fear with doing that."

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