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Rangers take down Cardinals, tie World Series

Posted on: October 20, 2011 11:10 pm
Edited on: October 21, 2011 1:08 am
Ian Kinsler
By Matt Snyder

ST. LOUIS -- The Texas Rangers used a two-run ninth inning to knot the World Series at one game apiece with a 2-1 win.

Hero: Tough to pick just one here, because the Rangers' offense was brutal until the ninth inning. So, we're going to go with Colby Lewis. He didn't get the win -- archaic stat alert -- but pitched 6 2/3 innings of pretty good baseball against a great offense, allowing just one run. And that run scored off Alexi Ogando, after Lewis had been removed. This was the first time all postseason a Rangers' starter had worked into the seventh inning, so give props to Lewis for giving his team those innings. Credit has to go to the defense, too. And that credit is going to come soon, here on this blog (spoiler alert!).

World Series Game 2
Goat: The Cardinals' offense. You can point to Jason Motte, Arthur Rhodes, Lance Lynn or even Tony La Russa's bullpen decisions in the ninth inning if you want, but the offense needs to provide more than one run to win games against this Rangers ballclub. That isn't going to cut it moving forward.

Turning point: Ian Kinsler's stolen base in the ninth. He moved into scoring position and took the double play off the board, setting the tone for the rest of the inning.

It was over when ... Rangers closer Neftali Feliz recorded the final out. This thing hung in the balance all night for both teams.

Next: We shift down to a bit warmer weather, as the series moves to Texas for three games. Friday is a travel day, and Game 3 will take place Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. CT (note I put Central time because that's where both of these teams are located). The tentative pitching matchup is Kyle Lohse of the Cardinals against Matt Harrison of the Rangers.

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Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: October 21, 2011 2:48 pm

Rangers take down Cardinals, tie World Series

I pick Kinsler as the star.  Played a flawless second, turned the DP barehanded and effortlessly delivered a perfect strike to first, walked and got two hits, scored the winning run.  His jog from deep second to pick up the great toss by Andrus was just in time and smooth as silk.  And don't underestimate the ninth inning single when the pressure was on and he is leading off.  Andrus, Lewis--greatness, but Kinsler stole the show on Baseball's grandest stage at the most crucial times.

Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 8:03 am

Rangers take down Cardinals, tie World Series

Good game by both teams, a ninth inning win, looks like the Rangers pulled out a very good game, Motte failed the Cardinals big time. Not to worry though it is still a long series to make it up for those errors. I like this WS it looks like a 7 gamer to me.

Since: Jul 7, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 12:33 am

Rangers take down Cardinals, tie World Series

As a Ranger fan I can say this - the Cards deserve to be here, and they are putting up as good a fight as you could want. This series is what baseball is all about. Great teams, great plays, great games. Don't count them out yet, the Cards got where they are because they earned it - this is far from over. GO RANGERS.

Since: Dec 11, 2008
Posted on: October 20, 2011 11:28 pm

Rangers take down Cardinals, tie World Series

@morosopher   YOU may be the biggest moron ever to post on CBS. And that's saying something. Go crawl back into your little hole and let the World Series play out, minus the idiotic analysis of morosopher.

Since: Jun 13, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 11:19 pm

Rangers take down Cardinals, tie World Series

So that horseshoe finally fell out of the redbirds little a**....time for the Cardinals to fly south for the winter, they shouldn't have even gotten out of the first round, except the Phillies blew a 4 run lead in game 2, they'd have swept the boo birds off where they belong. Now Texas will shoo them away like the nuisances they are.

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