Monday, October 24, 2011

World Series Update - Game 5 Tonight!

Quite a series we've got going between the Cardinals and the Rangers. Each team has traded blows through the first four games alternating between victors. In case you haven't been paying attention, here's what you've missed:

Game 1: Cardinals 3 Rangers 2
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Pinch-hitter Allen Craig delivered an rbi single off of Alexi Ogando with two outs in the bottom of the 6th putting St. Louis ahead 3-2. The Cardinal bullpen, anchored by Jason Motte, took care of the rest with 3 scoreless innings to give the Cardinals an early series lead.

Game 2: Rangers 2 Cardinals 1
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Allen Craig once again delivered a pinch-hit rbi single off of Ogando, this time in the 7th inning, to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead. But Ian Kinsler's gutsy steal of second base in the 9th inning coupled with Elvis Andrus's heads up baserunning set the table for back-to-back sacrifice flies as Texas got to Motte for a pair of 9th inning runs wrecking Jaime Garcia's brilliant effort.

Game 3: Cardinals 16 Rangers 7
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After two low scoring affairs, both teams broke out the lumber in Game 3, but nobody broke it out more than Albert Pujols. 'The Machine' became just the third player in World Series history to hit 3 home runs in a game joining Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson in pretty elite company. Pujols finished 5 for 6 on the night, scored 4 times and drove in 6 runs.

Game 4: Rangers 4 Cardinals 0
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25 year old Derek Holland pitched the game of his life allowing just 2 hits in 8 1/3 shutout innings while Mike Napoli supplied the offense breaking the game open with a 3-run homer in the 6th as Texas took Game 4 and evened up the series.

Game 5: Tonight in Texas, 8:05 PM Eastern

In a rematch of Game 1, Chris Carpenter (3-0, 3.52 ERA) takes on C.J. Wilson (0-3, 7.17 ERA). Carpenter is tied for the lead among active players with 8 career postseason wins, whereas Wilson is 0-5 with a 6.18 ERA in his last 7 playoff starts. The series goes back to St. Louis after tonight so this is essentially a must-win game for the Rangers as they do not want to go on the road down 3 games to 2.

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