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Cardinals take an entertaining Game 1 of the World Series

St. Louis, MO (Oct 20) – The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Texas Rangers by the score of 3-2 on Wednesday night in Game 1 of the 2011 World Series. It was a very good game, the pitching on both sides stepped up. It was a very cold night and that may have affected the offense however, the two teams who have been hitting the ball like crazy all postseason, did not do it tonight. The starting pitchers may also have had a lot to do with it.

Chris Carpenter started for the Cardinals and pitched six innings giving up five hits and two runs. He walked one and struck out four. Fernando Salas gave up a hit, a walk in 1/3 of an inning, Marc Rzepczynski faced two batters and struck them both out, and Octavio Dotel pitched 2/3 of an inning striking out one. Arthur Rhodes faced one batter and retired him and Jason Motte picked up the save pitching a 1-2-3 inning. Carpenter picked up the win in the game.

C.J. Wilson started for the Rangers and pitched much better then he has been in the playoffs. He pitched 5 2/3 innings giving up four hits and three runs. He walked six batters and struck out four, he still is struggling but this was much better for him. Alexi Ogando gave up a hit in 1/3 of an inning, Mike Gonzalez retired the only batter he faced and Scott Feldman pitched 1 2/3 innings giving up one hit and striking out one.

Lance Berkman led the Cardinals offense with two hits and two RBI. Matt Holliday had a hit, David Freese had a hit and a walk and Nick Punto had a hit and two walks. Allen Craig had a hit and an RBI, Rafael Furcal had two walks and Albert Pujols had a walk. Holliday and Freese each had a double. The Cardinals were 2-9 with runners in scoring position and they left eight men on base. The Rangers offense only produced six hits and four of them were from two players. Ian Kinsler had two hits, Adrian Beltre had two hits and Nelson Cruz had a hit and a walk. Mike Napoli had a hit and two RBI with a walk. Beltre had a double and Napoli had a homerun. The Rangers were 0-5 with runners in scoring position and they left four men on base. Kinsler was caught stealing.

The Cardinals got the scoring started in the fourth inning. Berkman had a two run single to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead. In the fifth Napoli hit a two run homerun to tie the game at two. In the sixth Craig hit an RBI single to give the Cardinals a 3-2 lead and that would complete the scoring. Craig was pinch hitter in the game, Cruz slid to try to catch the ball along the line, and he just missed catching the ball.

The Cardinals took the first game and will play Game 2 in St. Louis on Thursday night. The game was very crisp and clean and the Cardinals got a good effort out of their starter and more great work out of their bullpen.

Tony La Russa said this about his starter Carpenter, “It was a great performance, they’re a great hitting team. If you don’t make a lot of pitches, they’re going to bang you around. I thought early in the game as close as it was, for both pitchers the balls were very slick. They were having a little gripping thing but both of them just competed, and they both did a good job. The thing about Carp, he was exactly what we needed.”

Carpenter passed Bob Gibson with his eighth postseason win. It is now a new franchise record. The Rangers big offense has now scored only seven runs in its last five World Series games dating back to last year. There was some controversy in this game as a ball that hit off Beltre’s foot was ruled fair and he was out, the umpires conferred after an argument from Beltre and his manager Ron Washington. It appeared it did hit him and I would say that it did.

Washington had this to say after the game when asked if he thought it hit him. “Well, he said it did and he had on those Velcro type shoes, so he asked the umpires to check the ball. They couldn’t find anything on it. He said none of the umpires recognized it, so that’s what it was about.”

Wilson is 0-3 with an ERA of 7.17 this postseason, not a good time with him being a free agent this year. This was a very good game and the Cardinals got the best of it on this night.

Gary W. Marchese, Jr. – WorldNewsVine
gmarchesej Posted by on October 20, 2011. Filed under Headline News,News and Sports with Gary W. Marchese Jr.,Rangers,Sports,US Sports,World Series. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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