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Rangers draw blood against Cardinals bullpen

Posted on: October 20, 2011 11:13 pm
 
ST. LOUIS -- Lighting does strike twice in the same spot. We just saw it. Right here in St. Louis.

One night after Allen Craig pinch-hit and slapped an RBI single to right field against Texas reliever Alexi Ogando to win Game 1 ... he did it again in Game 2. Reruns? So soon?

Hold on -- not quite. In a tense and taut game as crisp as an autumn leaf, Craig's seventh-inning hit didn't quite win it for the Cardinals this time. It spotted them a 1-0 lead ... which only gave the heretofore vaunted St. Louis bullpen the chance to cough it up. Which it did.

Texas 2, Cardinals 1, and this World Series is tied at a game apiece and heading to Texas.

Craig's was an amazing, incredible moment given that pretty much the exact same thing occurred 24 hours earlier. Only difference was, the Rangers and Cardinals were 2-2 in Game 1 when Craig batted with two out and runners on first and third in the sixth.

Game 2, it was 0-0 with two out and runners on first and third in the seventh.

But instead of allowing Craig to become the hero on consecutive nights, Texas' AWOL offense showed up in the ninth with two runs on back-to-back sac flies from the aching Josh Hamilton (groin) and Michael Young.

Talk about eeking one out.

Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus greeted Cardinals reliever Jason Motte with singles to start the ninth. Then, in a move revealing why he never did name Motte as the club's official closer, Tony La Russa hooked him for matchups. Veteran lefty Arthur Rhodes was summoned to face Hamilton, and the Texas lefty hacked at the first pitch and tied the game.

Then Young poked a fly ball deep enough to score Andrus against Lance Lynn.

The Cardinals had been three outs from seizing a 2-0 lead in this World Series and knocking the wind out of the Rangers.

Instead, the Cards were left to wonder what hit them instead.

And this, folks, is just getting good.
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Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: October 21, 2011 2:50 pm
 

Rangers draw blood against Cardinals bullpen

It's amazing that the two things that killed the Cardinals all year, errors and the bullpen. Has been thier biggest strength so far this postseason.  Exact for a fluke play that allowed the runner to move up into scoring position last night, the game probably goes extra innings.  I'd like to say that I'm rooting for Texas to win, because the Cardinals knocked the Phillies out. But just the fact that the Cardinals just will not quit is winning me over, despite the fac that I can't stand LaRussa and his crybabying.  Poor ratings or not, the ones that call themselves baseball fans are missing an excellent series.



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Since: Apr 5, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 1:08 am
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Since: Apr 4, 2010
Posted on: October 21, 2011 12:53 am
 

Rangers draw blood against Cardinals bullpen

Larussa and Torre are the most overrated gametime managers ever.  Larussa pulls his pitcher that has the best chance to get a K.  Then after that, he pitches to Young who hit over .330 this year and could hit a flyball with his eyes closed.  Walk him and get a dp out of free swinging beltre.  Larussa cost the cards this game.  He may be good in the clubhouse, but he sucks on the field.  All Math and probability and no attention to anything else.



Since: Jul 7, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 12:30 am
 

Rangers draw blood against Cardinals bullpen

This series is going to be a fantastic one - the best of what you want in baseball - two great teams giving it their all. I forsee close games the entire series, and props to the Cards - they are doing an amazing job - I couldnt ask for a better opponent this year from what I've seen so far. This is... just getting good. GO RANGERS!!!



Since: Oct 15, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2011 12:29 am
 

Rangers draw blood against Cardinals bullpen

I'm waiting for Miller and the rest of the pundits to talk about how stupid LaRussa was for pulling his flame-throwing closer in favor of two guys who end up throwing 80 mph off-speed pitches to give up the game-tying and game-winning sac flys.   Oh wait, it wasn't Ron Washington that made that move?  Oh well, it couldn't have been a bad decision after all then, right?



Since: Nov 28, 2010
Posted on: October 21, 2011 12:20 am
 

Rangers draw blood against Cardinals bullpen

This has the making of being a good series!



Since: May 5, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 12:13 am
 

Rangers draw blood against Cardinals bullpen

My favorite teams are so good, they have never lost a game.  If the record indicates a loss it is solely due to calls made by the umps/refs.  40 years and counting as a fan without a loss!  Go Cowboys/Rangers/Mavs/Stars, the four teams that have never lost a game. 



Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: October 20, 2011 11:59 pm
 

Rangers draw blood against Cardinals bullpen

Yea, and Beltre's groundout was a foul ball last night.  Having Denkinger flashbacks?



Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: October 20, 2011 11:43 pm
 

Rangers draw blood against Cardinals bullpen

Only Andrus was out at second.  Check the replay.  Right foot hits bag and then pops up; Furcal tags him and then left foot hits.



Since: May 6, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 11:34 pm
 

Rangers draw blood against Cardinals bullpen

Base running won this one. Kinsler stealing after getting gunned last night took moxie. Great game and great series so far.


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