World Series, Rangers Vs Cardinals: David Freese Walk Off Homer In The 11th Inning Wins It For St. Louis

David Freese's walk off home run in the 11th inning forces a Game 7 between the Rangers and the Cardinals

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Rangers Vs. Cardinals: David Freese Walk Off Homer Forces Game 7

David Freese's walk off home run in the 11th inning gave the St. Louis Cardinals an improbable 10-9 win over the Texas Rangers in Game 6 of the 2011 World Series. The Cardinals were down to their final strike on two different occasions and came through with big hits to tie and eventually win the game. 

For Texas moving on from this game could prove to be difficult. Neftali Feliz came was one strike away in the bottom of the ninth from delivering the Rangers their first World Series title before David Freese tripled off the wall to tie the game. Then after Josh Hamilton put the Rangers back up 9-7 with a two run home run, Darren Oliver and Scott Feldman failed to hold the lead.

For more on the 2011 World Series, Texas Rangers' fans should check out Lone Star Ball and St. Louis Cardinals fans should join the conversation at Viva El Birdos

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Rangers Vs. Cardinals Score: Lance Berkman Ties Game 6 Once again

Lance Berkman's two out single  in the bottom of the tenth brought home the tying run as the Cardinals once again looked defeat square in the eye and didn't blink. 

With Texas leading 9-7 entering the inning, Darren Oliver promptly allowed singles to Daniel Descalso and Jon Jay. Kyle Lohse then sacrificed the runners to second and third. Ron Washington replaced Oliver with Scott Feldman who got Ryan Theriot to ground out for the second out of the inning. Descalso scored on the play to make it 9-8 Rangers. 

After an intentional walk to Albert Pujols, Berkman came through in the clutch shooting a line drive single to center field that scored Jay and once again tied the game. Feldman ended the threat by getting Allen Craig to ground out with runners at second and third. 

For more on the 2011 World Series, Texas Rangers' fans should check out Lone Star Ball and St. Louis Cardinals fans should join the conversation at Viva El Birdos

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Rangers Vs. Cardinals Score: Josh Hamilton's Homer Puts Rangers Back In Front 9-7

Game 6 of the 2011 World Series has been full of can you top this moments. Just minutes after David Freese tied the game with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Josh Hamilton hit a two run home run to put the Rangers back on top. 

Elvis Andrus singled with one out in the tenth setting the table for Hamilton who took a Jason Motte pitch deep to right to give Texas a 9-7 lead. Mitch Moreland followed with a fly out to center. The inning ended when Motte got Adrian Beltre to ground out to Freese at third. 

Darren Oliver is coming in for the Rangers to try and close the game out once again. The bottom half of the 10th will be the second time that Texas entered the final inning with a two run lead. 

For more on the 2011 World Series, Texas Rangers' fans should check out Lone Star Ball and St. Louis Cardinals fans should join the conversation at Viva El Birdos

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Rangers Vs. Cardinals Score: David Freese Two Out Double Ties Game

The St. Louis Cardinals were down to their last out and David Freese delivered with a two run double off the wall in right field that brought home the tying runs and sent Game 6 of the 2011 World Series into extra innings. 

An unbelievable turn of events for the Rangers and their closer Neftali Feliz. Albert Pujols doubled with one out to help start the rally for the Cardinals. Lance Berkman followed with a walk before Allen Craig struck out for the second out of the inning. With the Cardinals down to their final out, Freese launched a fly ball to deep right field that caromed off the wall scoring both Pujols and Berkman in the process. Feliz ended the inning by getting Yadier Molina to line out to Cruz in right.

For more on the 2011 World Series, Texas Rangers' fans should check out Lone Star Ball and St. Louis Cardinals fans should join the conversation at Viva El Birdos

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Rangers Vs. Cardinals Score: Allen Craig Homers, Texas Leads 7-5 Heading To The Ninth

Determined not to go away quietly, the St. Louis Cardinals draw closer with an Allen Craig solo homer in the bottom of the eighth inning off of Derek Holland. Texas takes a 7-5 lead into the ninth inning. 

Lance Berkman began the inning with a fly out to Nelson Cruz in right. Craig then followed with his home run into the left field stands. Holland got David Freese to ground out for the second out of the inning before allowing a opposite field single to Yadier Molina

As Gerald Laird was announced as a pinch hitter, Ron Washington went to his bullpen replacing Holland with Mike Adams. Tony La Russa countered by sending up Daniel Descalso who immediately legged out an infield hit to shortstop Elvis Andrus. Jon Jay followed with his first hit of the 2011 World Series to load the bases with two outs for Rafael Furcal who tapped harmlessly back to Adams at the mound to retire the side. 

For more on the 2011 World Series, Texas Rangers' fans should check out Lone Star Ball and St. Louis Cardinals fans should join the conversation at Viva El Birdos

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Rangers Vs. Cardinals Score: Adrian Beltre, Nelson Cruz Homers Power Texas To 7-4 Lead

Back-to-back home runs by Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz have given the Texas Rangers their largest lead of Game 6 as they lead the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4. 

In his second inning of relief, Lance Lynn served up a long ball to Beltre who untied the game with a long homer to right center. Cruz followed with his postseason record eighth homer to left field to give Texas a little more cushion. Lynn followed with a strike out of Mike Napoli and then gave up a single to David Murphy.

Derek Holland attempted to bunt Murphy over but Lynn pounced on it and fired a strike to second to nab Murphy. Tony La Russa then went to the bullpen replacing Lynn with Octavio Dotel to face Ian Kinsler with a runner at first and two outs. A passed ball advanced Holland to second and Kinsler punched a single into center field that scored Holland to make the score 7-4. Dotel finally struck out Elvis Andrus to bring an end to the inning. 

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Rangers Vs. Cardinals Score: Another Fielding Miscue Allows St. Louis To Tie Game

Another defensive miscue and a bases loaded walk to St Louis' Yadier Molina has Game 6 of the World Series all tied up heading to the seventh inning. 

The Cardinals were in business after Lance Berkman reached on an infield single and Michael Young committed his second error of the night on a ground ball off the bat of Matt Holiday. Colby Lewis then walked David Freese to load the bases prompting Ron Washington to replace him with Alexi Ogando who walked Yadier Molina to force home the tying run. 

Texas caught a break when Mike Napoli fired the ball down to third to pick off Matt Holiday for the second out of the inning. Ogando issued another free pass this time to Nick Punto to once again load the bases. Washington then went to the bullpen once again bringing in Game 4 starter Derek Holland who got the final out of the inning. 

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Rangers Vs. Cardinals: Michael Young Makes Up For Error With RBI Double

The Rangers once again made the Cardinals pay for some suspect defense as they grabbed the lead back 4-3 in the top of the fifth inning. 

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Josh Hamilton popped up routinely to third baseman David Freese who inexplicably dropped the ball allowing the Texas outfielder to reach safely. Michael Young quickly made up for his fourth inning error with a deep double to left center that scored Hamilton to give the Rangers back the lead at 4-3. Freese's error was the Cardinals third of the game already. 

Salas then retired Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz for the first two outs of the inning. Tony La Russa then called for the intentional walk to Mike Napoli and Salas struck out pinch hitter David Murphy to end the inning. 

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Rangers Vs. Cardinals Score: Michael Young Error Comes Back To Bite Texas, St Louis Ties Game 3-3

A Michael Young error at first base on a Lance Berkman grounder came back to bite the Texas Rangers in the fourth inning as the Cardinals were able to push across the game tying run. 

Young ranged to his right on Berkman's grounder but his throw pulled Colby Lewis off the bag at first enabling Berkman to reach safely to lead off the inning. Matt Holiday followed with a walk to put runners at first and second with nobody out in the inning. David Freese then grounded into what looked like a double play but Holliday's slide at second forced an errant throw from Elvis Andrus.

With runners at the corners, Yadier Molina tied the game with an RBI ground out to third. Lewis struck out Nick Punto with a runner at second to end the inning. 

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Mike Napoli Injury: Texas Catcher Stays In The Game Despite Ankle Injury

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Mike Napoli injured his ankle while rounding the bag on Colby Lewis bunt attempt in the fourth inning. Ron Washington and the Texas trainer came out to check on Napoli who opted to remain in the game. Napoli came out in the bottom half of the inning and took his place behind the plate. 

Napoli has the biggest hit in the game thus far with his fourth inning RBI double that gave the Rangers the lead at 3-2. Napoli had the game winning hit in Game 5 for the Rangers and has hit .327 with three homers and 15 RBI's coming into tonight's game in the postseason.

Texas can ill afford to lose Napoli who has been excellent both with the bat and behind the plate in the series.

For more on the 2011 World Series, Texas Rangers' fans should check out Lone Star Ball and St. Louis Cardinals fans should join the conversation at Viva El Birdos 

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Rangers Vs. Cardinals Score: Mike Napoli RBI Double Puts Texas In Front 3-2

Jaime Garcia's night was a short one as he was lifted by Cardinals manager Tony La Russa after just three innings of work. In to pitch for St. Louis is Fernando Salas

The Cardinals defense behind Salas immediately let him down when Nelson Cruz lifted a fly ball to left that was misplayed by Matt Holiday and Rafael Furcal. Holiday was charged with an error on the play that allowed Cruz to reach second. As he has done most of the series, Mike Napoli stepped to the plate and made the Cardinals pay with an opposite field double that scored Cruz to give the Rangers a 3-2 lead. 

Salas struck out Craig Gentry for the first out of the inning. Colby Lewis then bunted the ball back to Salas who airmailed the throw into center field. Everyone was safe but Napoli was injured as he rounded the bag at second. After being checked out by the trainer, Napoli stayed in the game. Salas then struck out Ian Kinsler and got Elvis Andrus to fly out to left to end the inning. 

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Rangers Vs. Cardinals Score: Game 6 Tied 2-2 After Two Innings

The Texas Rangers wasted little time in grabbing a lead in the Game 6 of the 2011 World Series. Josh Hamilton's first inning single put Texas on top 1-0 against St. Louis Cardinals' starter Jaime Garcia. 

The first three Rangers hitters reached before Garcia could right the ship and escaped the inning with minimal damage. Ian Kinsler walked to lead off the inning and Elvis Andrus followed with a single to put runners at the corners. Hamilton gave Texas the lead with his RBI single. Garcia then struck out Michael Young and Adrian Beltre before getting Nelson Cruz to ground out to end the inning. 

St. Louis answered right back in the bottom half of the inning against Texas starter Colby Lewis. Skip Schumaker singled and Lance Berkman homered to left center with two outs to put the Cardinals in front 2-1. Lewis struck out David Freese to end the inning.

Texas right back to work in the second inning as Mike Napoli worked a lead off walk from Garcia. Craig Gentry followed with a single to put two on with nobody out. Garcia then got Colby Lewis to bunt into a 5-6-4 double play which featured a rocket throw from Rafel Furcal at third base and across the diamond. However, Garcia didn't fully escape as Ian Kinsler followed with a ground-rule double to left that scored Craig Gentry to tie the game. 

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2011 World Series Game Six: TV Schedule And Updated Info

Let's try this again: The Texas Rangers will try and brave the cold, wet weather of St. Louis and take home the franchise's first world championship in tonight's day-late sixth game of the World Series. While fans, bloggers and various pundits could argue either way as to who gets the advantage with an extra 24 hour delay, The Ft. Worth Star Telegram's Gil Lebreton slyly trolls Cardinals fans hoping to ignore manager Tony La Russa's phone gaffes with a little wet weather:

La Russa, 67, had a Woody Hayes moment -- a moment where we gasped at his sudden fallibility.

And now his Cardinals constituency is begging for rain. How unbecoming.

If a seventh game is needed, Carpenter would be pitching with only three days of rest. The only other time in his career that the 26-year-old right-hander has pitched with three days' rest came in this season's NLDS. Carpenter lasted only three innings in that game and allowed eight of the 16 batters he faced to reach base.

He has denied it during the World Series, but Carpenter supposedly has been experiencing elbow problems. Between some innings Monday in Arlington, Carpenter eschewed taking his warmup pitches.

Not sure how a rain dance is supposed to help that.


 


Current Series

Rangers win the series 3-2

Wed 10/19 WP: Chris Carpenter (1 - 0)
SV: Jason Motte
LP: C.J. Wilson (0 - 1)
2 - 3 loss
Thu 10/20 WP: Mike Adams (1 - 0)
SV: Neftali Feliz
LP: Jason Motte (0 - 1)
2 - 1 win
Sat 10/22 WP: Lance Lynn (1 - 0)
LP: Matt Harrison (0 - 1)
7 - 16 loss
Sun 10/23 WP: Derek Holland (1 - 0)
LP: Edwin Jackson (0 - 1)
4 - 0 win
Mon 10/24 WP: Darren Oliver (1 - 0)
SV: Neftali Feliz
LP: Octavio Dotel (0 - 1)
4 - 2 win
Wed 10/26 Postponed
Fri 10/28 7:05 PM CDT

 

First Pitch: 7:05pm CT

Starting Pitchers: Colby Lewis vs. Jaime Garcia

TV: FOX

Radio: ESPN Radio 103.3FM

Streaming: none

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Texas Rangers Game 6 Lineup: Craig Gentry Starts For David Murphy

Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington just posted his line-up for Game 6 of the World Series, and there were no major surprises:

1. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B
2. Elvis Andrus (R) SS
3. Josh Hamilton (L) LF
4. Michael Young (R) 1B
5. Adrián Beltré (R) 3B
6. Nelson Cruz (R) RF
7. Mike Napoli (R) C
8. Craig Gentry (R) CF
9. Colby Lewis (R) P

With the series back in an NL park, DH Michael Young has been shifted to 1B, sending Mitch Moreland to the bench.

And with the Cardinals sending out left-handed starter Jaime Garcia, Washington chose not to start LF David Murphy, who has struggled against left-handed pitchers. Instead, speedy CF Craig Gentry will bat in the eight hole; playing Gentry also allows Washington to move the hobbled Josh Hamilton out of the spacious center field in Busch Stadium.

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World Series Game 6 Pushed To Thursday By MLB

With the threat of rain in St. Louis looming over Game 6 of the World Series, MLB has decided to postpone the game until Thursday night, when the forecasts should brighten. 

The league was worried that a potential championship-clinching game would be marred by the types of weather delays that affected the ALCS and the ALDS, where in-game postponements forced both teams to burn their best starting pitchers after only a few innings of work.

The decision shouldn't affect the Game 6 pitching match-up of Colby Lewis and Jaime Garcia, a rematch of the 2-1 Game 2 thriller, where the starters allowed only one total run through the first seven innings.

However, it does present an opportunity for both managers to re-arrange their rotations if the World Series comes down to a decisive Game 7 on Friday night.

The delay could give Rangers Game 4 hero Derek Holland another start, as he would have four days of rest after his dominant performance on Sunday. On the other side, Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter could be available for his third start of the World Series now that he would have three days of rest after his Game 5 start on Monday. 

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2011 World Series Game Six: TV Info And More

The World Series returns to St. Louis tonight for Game Six, where the possibility of rain has analysts predicting a low scoring, pitching friendly game. If the Rangers are able to hold on and win their first World Series in franchise history MLB.com's Mike Bauman says it will propel them immediately to the ranks of baseball's elite franchises

The Rangers have assembled an impressive group of athletes at the everyday positions. They have power, they have speed and they have depth. Their offense is imposing in its pop, impressive in its breadth. The whole thing is operated with enthusiasm, empathy and insight by manager Ron Washington. Despite what he says about his inability to match wits with the legendary Tony La Russa, Washington is obviously not overmatched in this Series or any other.

First Pitch: 7:05pm CT

Starting Pitchers: Colby Lewis vs. Jaime Garcia

TV: FOX

Radio: ESPN Radio 103.3FM

Streaming: none

 

 


Current Series

Rangers win the series 3-2

Wed 10/19 WP: Chris Carpenter (1 - 0)
SV: Jason Motte
LP: C.J. Wilson (0 - 1)
2 - 3 loss
Thu 10/20 WP: Mike Adams (1 - 0)
SV: Neftali Feliz
LP: Jason Motte (0 - 1)
2 - 1 win
Sat 10/22 WP: Lance Lynn (1 - 0)
LP: Matt Harrison (0 - 1)
7 - 16 loss
Sun 10/23 WP: Derek Holland (1 - 0)
LP: Edwin Jackson (0 - 1)
4 - 0 win
Mon 10/24 WP: Darren Oliver (1 - 0)
SV: Neftali Feliz
LP: Octavio Dotel (0 - 1)
4 - 2 win
Thu 10/27 7:05 PM CDT


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