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Last night’s game was the most important game of the series thus far. A win would allow you the privelege of being able to lose the next game and still be in the running for the World Series title. While a loss would mean having to face the near impossible task of winning two games in a row. The pressure was on.
The Cardinals and Rangers both had their Aces on the mound. Christopher John Carpenter for the Cardinals, and Christopher John Wilson for the Rangers. Notice similarities in their names? Interesting isn’t it. (From now on I’ll refer to them as Chris and C.J. I just wanted to point out their same names.) Anyway, they both have had success as well as failure in the past. It all came down to this game. They had to be on their game.
The first runs of the game were scored by the Cardinals in the top of the second inning. The first run coming from an RBI single by Yadier Molina, and the second coming off a ground out by Lance Berkman. The Cardinals had a quick 2-0 lead.
Moving onto the bottom of the third. An absolute BOMB by Mitch Moreland put the Rangers on the board. When I say BOMB, I mean BOMB. The home run soared into the upper deck of the outfield, traveling an estimated 446 feet. It was the longest home run in the World Series since records began being kept back in 2006.
The next Rangers run came in the bottom of the sixth inning. A home run by Adrian Beltre tied things up for the Rangers. The amazing thing about this home run, is that he hit it on one knee. Or at least ended his swing on one knee.
Let me change gears for a moment, as I want to talk a little bit about the Texas Legends race that took place during the middle of the sixth inning. The legends race is run by people who dress up as legends from Texas’s history. The race is done every Rangers game, but last night wasn’t a normal race. Last night’s race saw MLB Network analysts dressing up as the characters for the race. Kevin Millar as Davy Crockett, Harold Reynolds as Sam Houston, Sean Casey as Jim Bowie and Mitch Williams as Nolan Ryan. You had to figure that Keving Millar, who said that he was “going to win”, on yesterday’s episode of ’Intentional Talk’, was going to do whatever it took to increase his chances of winning. Even if it meant cheating. Whatever Millar did, he must of done it without standing out too much, as he won last night’s race by a good 15 feet. Harold Reynold’s, Sean Casey, and Mitch Williams, finishing in that order, felt that Millar did in fact cheat. Below is a video I found on Youtube. Watch it, and you tell me:
Did Millar cheat? Let me know what you think, by leaving a comment in the comments section below.
Getting back to the game, it appeared as if it would go into extra innings, with the score still tied, 2-2, going into the bottom of the eighth. But Mike Napoli couldn’t let that happen, as he drove in two runs on a line drive single to center. Napoli came through again for the Rangers, and the fans let him know it with the continuous chanting of, “NA-PO-LI. NA-PO-LI. NA-PO-LI……” It went on, and on, and on. It had to be a good feeling for Napoli, who’s now, in my opinion, a great candidite for MVP. He’s come through for the Rangers the entire series. He deserves it more than anyone else.
Neftali Feliz was brought in to close things out in the top of the ninth inning. He imediately plunked Allen Craig, sending him to first base with Albert Pujols coming to the plate. Then things got weird as signals became crossed. Allen Craig says that he saw the hit and run sign from the third base coach, while Albert Pujols says he put the sign on. Whoever it was, it didn’t work, as Albert Pujols failed to make contact, and Craig was easily thrown out by Napoli at second. A strike ‘em out, throw ‘em out double play. Just like that, there were two outs. Neftali Feliz made quick work of the next batter, Lance Berkman, striking him out to end the game.
The Rangers win the game 4-2. They now lead the series 3 games to 2. Unless the rally squirrel makes an appearance in St. Louis, I’d say the Cardinals chances of winning the World Series down 3-2, are slim to none. But stranger things have happened. That’s the great thing about baseball. You can be down, but you’re never out. There’s always that chance that the unbelievable can happen. You never know.
Remember my Q and A blog entry with the ‘Batting Stance Guy’? Well, he was up to his old tricks of imitating MLB players batting stances last night in the Rangers Clubhouse. Check out his hilarious imitation of Adrian Beltre’s one knee home run:
The guy’s great.
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The Rangers went into last night’s game with their backs against the wall. A loss would give the Cardinal’s a chance to win the World Series in the very next game. While a win would at least guarantee a trip back to St. Louis. As Kevin Millar said, on yesterday’s episode of ’Intentional Talk’, “It’s as close to a must win as it gets.”
On the mound for the Rangers in this game was their young lefty, Derek Holland. Holland, who’s had his good games and bad games in the past, would have to pitch the best game of his life to keep the hot Cardinal bats from scoring in the early innings. He got off to a good start in the first, as he set down the first three batters, 1-2-3, including a strikeout of Allen Craig.
Moving on to the bottom of the first, the Cardinal’s had Edwin Jackson as their pitcher. His last start didn’t go as planned, and thus he was looking for a little bit of redemption in this game. But things didn’t go as planned again, as after a single by Elvis Andrus, Josh Hamilton hit a double down the right field line, allowing Andrus to score all the way from first. The score was 1-0, Rangers, just like that.
Moving onto the bottom of the sixth inning, Edwin Jackson found himself in a bit of a jam, after walking the second two batters of the inning. Tony LaRussa had seen enough, as he made the call to the bullpen to bring in Mitchell Boggs. Things didn’t turn out as LaRussa had wished, as the first pitch thrown by Boggs was crushed by Mike Napoli over the left field wall. With that home run, Napoli became the first catcher to hit two homers in a Series since Mike Piazza of the Mets in 2000. The score now had the Rangers leading 4-0. With Holland pitching the way he was, you could pretty much feel that the game was as good as over.
Derek Holland, as mentioned earlier, had to pitch the game of his life in order for the Rangers to have a chance at winning. Well, not only did he pitch the game of his life , but he still had a shutout going into the ninth inning. Could he hold on for the complete game shutout? That’s the question everyone, including Ranger’s manager Ron Washington, was asking themselves. Everyone was on the edge of their seat in anticipation. Holland retired the first batter of the inning on a groundout. Then after walking the next batter, Washington felt that Holland’s night was over, as he makes the trip out to the mound. You can tell by the look on Derek’s face that he wanted nothing more than to stay in the game, but Washington wouldn’t hear of it, as he called in Neftali Feliz to shut things down. That he did. Final score 4-0, Rangers. The series is now tied at two games a piece.
I could type up a few paragraphs talking about how the Cardinals took an early lead off an Allen Craig home run. How the Cardinals and Rangers battled it out up until the last few innings when the Cardinals completely blew the Rangers away. But I find it hard to do, when something as incredible as what Albert Pujols did last night happens. Afterall, it’s only been done three times before, in the history of Major League baseball. Once by Reggie Jackson (Mr. October), and twice by Babe Ruth. When you have a player as good as Albert put beside those Hall of Fame players you know that something amazing had to happen.
Three home runs in a game is amazing. Three home runs in a World Series game is unbelievable. But that’s the thing about Albert. He’s unbelievable, and unpredictable. Who knows? He could get out there tonight and hit three home runs again. I understand that it’s not very likely, but neither was hitting three home runs in the first place.
THREE HOME RUNS IN ONE WORLD SERIES GAME
The feat was first accomplished way back on October 6, 1926, by Babe Ruth. He liked the feeling so much that he decided to do it again on October 9, 1928. Babe is the only player in history to hit 3 home runs in one World Series game twice.
There was then a 49 year drought, as no one was able to do it again until October 17, 1977, when Reggie Jackson hit three in a game, earning the nickname, “Mr. October.” The name stuck, as he’s still referred to that today.
Then, as stated earlier, Albert Pujols did it last night. With a good decade left in his Major League career, he might surprise everyone and do it again. Although with Pujols, nothing is surprising. The guy is amazing.
Albert’s three home runs helped the Cardinal’s pull out a 16-7 win. They now lead the series, 2 games to 1.
When it comes to throwing out the first pitch there’s one thing that you don’t want to do, and that’s bounce the ball. It’s one thing to throw a little wide, but a flat out bounce will more than likely result in a roaring boo.
The reason I’m bringing this up at all is because Dirk Nowitzki, George W. Bush and Roger Staubach, are scheduled to throw out the first pitch of game 3, 4, and 5, respectively, of the World Series. All three have thrown out a first pitch before, but you never know. One of them, or all of them, could get nervous, resulting in a bounce. You never can be sure of what will happen.
With all of that uncertainty, I’ll leave it up to you to decide what you think each person’s first pitch will be like:
Dirk’s first pitch was thrown right over the plate, but was a little low, as it had to be scooped out of the dirt by Michael Young, the catcher. The pitch was clocked at 67 MPH. Not bad for a basketball player. Congrats to the four people that voted “ball.” You were correct.
George’s first pitch was slightly better than Dirk’s, as it didn’t fall short, but it was still a ball. A little outside. But to make things worse, the catcher, Nolan Ryan, missed the ball. Then again, Ryan isn’t used to catching, but still, it wasn’t THAT outside. Congrats to the four people that voted “ball.” You were correct.
Roger’s first pitch was far worse than George’s or Dirk’s, as it bounced just short of the plate. Catcher, Kenny Rogers, had to play the bounce, which I must say he did nicely. Maybe it’s that Roger is used to throwing footballs, but that pitch wasn’t even close. Congrats to the two people that voted for “bounce.” You were correct.
First of all, I’d like to congratulate David Ortiz for winning the 2011 Roberto Clemente Award. For those who don’t know, it’s an award that’s given out each year to the player that “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” In my opinion David Ortiz is one of the nicest guys in the game, and does a lot to help out his community. It was an award that was well deserved, and I felt he truly appreciated it.
As for the game, it started out kind of slow. Not a single hit until the bottom of the third inning. A double by Rafael Furcal. It would turn out not to matter, as the next batter, Jon Jay, grounded out to end the inning.
The first true excitement of the game came in the bottom of the fourth as a spectacular bare handed double play was turned by Ian Kinsler on a flip from Elvis Andrus. A truly remarkable play.
As I mentioned earlier, the first hit of the ballgame didn’t occur until the bottom of the third inning. The first run of the ballgame came four innings later, as the Cardinals scored a run in the bottom of the seventh. An RBI single from Allen Craig that scored David Freese.
With the first run of the ballgame coming as late in the game as it did, you had to be thinking that it could easily of been enough for the Cardinals to win. The Rangers only had six more outs to answer, and considering the fact that the ball wasn’t carrying–due to the cool temperatures–it was going to take a few base hits to score a run. Unlike the warm air the Rangers where used to back in Texas that causes balls to fly out of the ballpark. A home run would be a hard task to pull off.
Ask Albert Pujols. He pretty much got all of one in the bottom of the eighth inning but the ball fell JUST short of the bullpen, as it was hauled in by Nelson Cruz, as he banged up against the fence. If ‘King’ Albert couldn’t hit a home run last night, you had to figure no one could.
Now moving on to the top of the ninth. The Rangers are down to their last three outs, and are still trailing 1-0. To make matters worse, Jason Motte, the Cardinal’s “unofficial” closer–who had proven himself as a dominant force in the past–is on the mound. As of lately, Motte is as sure as it gets.
Motte gave up a lead off single to Ian Kinsler, who the proceeded to steal second. Elvis Andrus then singled to second allowing Kinsler to advance to third. The throw home from the outfield was misplayed by Albert which allowed Andrus to advance to second. It’s now second and third with no outs. Cardinals fans began to fear the worse. But this is Jason Motte! He’ll get out of it. Right? Well, he didn’t get the chance, as Arthur Rhodes was brought in to replace Motte. The next batter Josh Hamilton, who wasn’t 100 percent, hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Kinsler. Tie game. Michael Young, then proceeded to do the same, this time to center field, scoring Andrus. The score is now 2-1 Rangers. And that’s how it ended.
The Rangers tied the series up at a game a piece. Game three is tomorrow in Texas. Should be an interesting game.
With last nights win against the Brewers, it’s official. The Cardinals will be joining the Texas Rangers in the 2011 World Series.
I can’t say I’m shocked. The Cardinals outscored the Brewers 43-26 in the NLCS, with the Rangers outscoring the Tigers 39-25, in the ALCS. So in this case, the best teams made it.
Now that you’ve had a good luck at both the Cardinals and the Rangers throughout the playoffs, cast your vote below as to which team you think will win the World Series, and in how many games:
My next blog entry will be Thursday. (A recap of game 1 of the World Series.)
Congrats again to the Rangers and Cardinals.
The polls have now closed. The majority of the votes were for the Rangers winning the World Series in six games. We’ll have to wait and see if you’re right.
I’m going on vacation tomorrow, and although I’ll have Internet access I don’t plan on blogging again until I get home. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not completely shutting out baseball from my weekend. As a matter of fact, I don’t plan on missing a single pitch from any of tomorrow and Saturday’s games. Just no blogging about it.
Ranger Vs. Tigers-ALCS
The Tigers roar was reduced to a purr with last nights loss to the Rangers. A win would of tied the series up at two games a piece, giving the Tigers a great chance at coming back to win the series. But now, with the loss, tonights game is a win or go home game for Detroit.
With their ace on the mound, Justin Verlander, I’d say the chances of the Tigers pulling out a win tonight, and sending the series back to Texas down just three games to two, are pretty good. The only thing that could hurt the Tigers chances of winning tonight is the fact that the Rangers ace, C.J. Wilson, is also on the mound.
Although both Wilson and Verlander have had their good games and bad games this season, I feel that the Rangers have the advantage. Their hitters are getting hot, and their bullpen is great. A deadly combination when it comes to playoff baseball.
Cardinals Vs. Brewers-NLCS
The race for the NLCS title couldn’t be more exciting, and unpredictable. After the Brewers took game one in Milwaukee, the Cardinals rallied in game 2 to tie the series up at a game a piece. Game three, last night in St. Louis, was sure to be interesting. It was anyones game.
From the start of last nights game, it appeared that it was going to be all Cardinals. As if it was going to be another blowout win like the one that had occured the game before. The Cardinals scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning, and with their ace, Chris Carpenter, on the mound, it appeared as if the Brewers had no chance. But just half an inning later, in the top of the second, the Brewers scored two runs and were right back in the game down just 4-2.
Later, in the top of the third, the Brewers scored again off a solo home run by Mark Kotsay. The score was now 4-3. The Cardinals looked to be in trouble. But just as things began to look bad for the Cardinals, the tables turned, as the Brewers recieved all the bad luck, not getting a single hit after the fifth inning.
The hard throwing Jason Motte, got the save for the Cardinals. They now lead the series two games to one.
Rangers Vs. Tigers-ALCS
Here’s the situation: Bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th. Nelson Cruz at the plate. No outs. A deep fly ball to the outfield would win it for the Rangers, as there are no outs. More than likely, as the batter, Nelson Cruz was thinking: ”Okay. Just make solid contact to send the ball to the outfield, so that the winning run can score.” (Like I said, that’s what he was probably thinking. I have no way to know for sure. He could of been thinking, ”I’m gonna hit a grand slam”, for all I know.) Whatever was running through his head, his approach at the plate was flawless. EVERY pitch that he swung at, in last night’s bottom of the 11th at bat, he was right on. But the fourth pitch of the at bat was the one that he was on the most. As it was that pitch that he sent flying over the left field wall. Game over. Walk-off grand slam. The first walk-off grand slam in post season history.
This win over the Tigers brought the Rangers to a 2-0 lead in this championship series. Just two wins away from their second, consecutive, world series appearance. Truly an amazing feat.
Who knows? They might just be good enough to go all the way and win the World Series. We’ll all just have to wait to see how things play out.
Cardinals Vs. Brewers-NLCS
Last night’s blowout by the Cardinals proved that they don’t necessarily need a squirrel to win. All they really need, is for their star firstbasemen, Albert Pujols, to get hot; and did he ever. In last night’s 12-3 win against the Brewers, Albert went 4-5 with 5 RBI’s coming off of a home run and THREE doubles.
Albert’s performance in last night’s game raises the questions: Was this just a one night event? Did Albert just have a good night and the Brewers have a bad one? If you’re a Brewer’s fan, you’re hoping the answer to both questions is yes, that this was just a short lived streak of luck for Albert. Reason being, that if you look back to the past, whenever Albert has gotten hot, and stayed hot, he’s almost impossible to stop.
But it’s not just Albert. This entire Cardinal’s team is incredible. Overcoming the large wild card deficit they had in the early part of September to not only make the playoff’s, but to actually have success in them. Truly amazing.
Last night’s win by the Cardinal’s tied them with the Brewers at one game a piece for the series. They have off tonight as the teams travel to St. Louis for game three on Wednesday. Will the infamous squirrel make another appearance? Will Albert Pujols and the Cardinals continue you their amazing winning streak? We’ll have to watch to find out.