Thursday, October 20, 2011

Rangers Can't Help But Fish For Carp

Last night was a very important night in the baseball world, as it was Game 1 of the World Series. It was a very close game, and a rare commodity this postseason as it was a pitching game. In the 4th inning, the scoring started as Albert Pujols was hit by a C.J. Wilson fastball to lead off the inning. The next batter, Matt Holliday lined a shot down the 1st base line that fell for a double that would put runners at 2nd and 3rd with no outs. Lance Berkman proceeded to hit a hard ground ball down the 1st base line for a 2-run single that would give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead. However, it was short lived as Adrian Beltre singled to lead off the 5th inning. After an Elvis Andrus strikeout, Mike Napoli took a fastball outside and pounded it over the wall for a game-tying 2-run homer. In the 6th, David Freese doubled with 1 out to put a runner in scoring position for the Cardinals. After Yadier Molina struck out, Nick Punto walked to put runners at 1st and 2nd. Tony La Russa then proceeded to hit for Chris Carpenter, a good decision as Allen Craig would single in the go-ahead run in an eventual 3-2 Cardinals win.
      The pitching for both sides was quite good, but especially for the Cardinals, where Chris Carpenter went 6 strong innings allowing only 2 runs. His bullpen would be similarly good, dividing 3 scoreless innings among 5 pitchers. C.J. Wilson was not quite as spectacular, but he was pretty good, allowing 3 runs in 5 2/3 innings. The Rangers bullpen would throw 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief. For the Cardinals, the biggest offensive highlight was Lance Berkman as he went 2-4 with 2 RBIs, both coming on that key 2-run single. However, David Freese had a decent game, going 1-2 with a double and scoring the winning run. Of course, Allen Craig had the key pinch-hit to win the game. For the Rangers, the biggest highlight was Mike Napoli (left) who had a big 2-run homer in a 1-2 game. Adrian Beltre and Ian Kinsler each went 2-4 to help the Rangers' lost cause in Game 1. The pitching matchup for Game 2 is Jaime Garcia for the Cardinals and Colby Lewis for the Rangers.

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