ST. LOUIS -- At this point, how would you ever think the Cardinals can lose?
Seriously, what would convince you? Down 10 runs with one out to go?
They were done in the regular season, they seemed done a few times in the playoffs and they sure seemed done in Game 6 of the World Series on Thursday night.
In the ninth inning. In the 10th inning.
If needed, they no doubt would have gone to the 100th inning, and they still wouldn't have lost.
They're not done. They're still not done.
They won Game 6 in the 11th inning on hometown kid David Freese's home run, and now we're off to Game 7 on Friday.
How did it happen? I'm sure I'm missing something, but here goes:
Down to their last strike in the ninth, the Cardinals got a two-run game-tying triple from Freese, off Rangers closer Neftali Feliz. Then, after Josh Hamilton's 10th-inning home run put the Rangers on the verge again, the Cardinals were down to their last strike again -- before Lance Berkman's single tied it again.
The ninth-inning rally began with an Albert Pujols double, his first hit since his historic three-homer Game 3. It was yet another in a series of possible Pujols final at-bats as a Cardinal in Busch Stadium, but it began the rally that helped ensure he'll play at least one more game.
And why not?
It's been a fantastic World Series. Thursday's game wasn't always pretty, with five errors, but it sure was exciting.
And now there will be a Game 7.