Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Rangers Move To One Win Short Of Championship

Last night was another very close, tight, World Series game as this has been a good one. The Rangers eventually pulled ahead after it being close for much of the game. With runners at 1st and 2nd with 1 out, Yadier Molina singled to left to score one of the runs and give the Cards a 1-0 lead. Then, Skip Schumaker hit a grounder to first and Lance Berkman bolted home to score and make it 2-0. The Rangers got on the board with 1 out in the 3rd, as Mitch Moreland rocketed a ball into the upper deck of the right field stands. With 2 outs in the 6th, the Rangers tied it up as Adrian Beltre launched a homer to left to make it 2-2. With 2 outs and the bases loaded in the 8th, Mike Napoli hit a double into right-center to score two and make it a 4-2 game, the eventual final score.
      Both starting pitchers were pretty good with Chris Carpenter allowing 2 runs in 7 innings, allowing 6 hits and striking out 4. C.J. Wilson was almost just as good, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) in 5 1/3 innings. The bullpen was flawless for the Rangers, but the Cardinals had one major flaw in Octavio Dotel, who allowed 2 runs in 1/3 of an inning. For the Cardinals, the biggest offensive highlight was Yadier Molina, who went 3-4 with an RBI; close behind him with Skip Schumaker, who went 1-3 with an RBI. For the Rangers, two offensive highlights were Adrian Beltre and Mitch Moreland, each of whom went 1-4 with a solo home run. However, the big one was Mike Napoli (left) who went 1-4 with a huge 2-run double. There is an off-day tonight, but the Rangers will go for it all on Wednesday, with Colby Lewis going against Jaime Garcia.

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