Monday, October 24, 2011

Rangers Send Cardinals Back To Holland

Last night was a good, tight World Series game, which like most of this World Series has been dominated by pitching. After Elvis Andrus singled with one out in the 1st, Josh Hamilton drove him in with a hard double to left to make it 1-0. It stayed like that until the 6th, however, when the Rangers put runners at 1st and 2nd with 1 out for Mike Napoli. Napoli lifted the 1st pitch, a high fastball, high into the seats down the third base line for a long home run.
      If Lance Berkman had not been a member of the St. Louis Cardinals- Derek Holland would have thrown the 2nd no-hitter in postseason history, and the first in the last 55 years. Berkman went 2-3, providing the only two hits the Cardinals had in the game against Derek Holland. Holland was masterful, throwing 8 1/3 shutout innings, allowing only 2 hits, and striking out 7 before handing it over to Neftali Feliz. Elvis Andrus was the catalyst for the Rangers last night, going 2-4 and scoring a run, however, it was Josh Hamilton (1-4, 1 RBI) and Mike Napoli (1-2, 3 RBI) who got the job done. Napoli (left) had the key hit in the game, a 3-run homer to left which really put the game away. Tonight's pitching matchup is a rematch of Game 1, with C.J. Wilson for the Rangers, and Chris Carpenter for the Cardinals.

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