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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
Arlington, TX (Oct 24) – The Texas Rangers defeated the St. Louis Cardinals by the score of 4-0 on Sunday night, tying The Best of Seven World Series at two games each. Derek Holland started for the Rangers and was outstanding Edwin Jackson pitched a good game for the Cardinals but was wild. The big hit in the game came off the bat of Mike Napoli. Albert Pujols after going 5-5 with three homeruns was hitless in this game.
Holland pitched 8 1/3 innings giving up two hits and no runs with two walks and seven strikeouts. Neftali Feliz pitched 2/3 of an inning, walking one and striking out one. Holland won the game he pitched the best game of his life. Edwin Jackson pitched 5 1/3 innings for the Cardinals giving up three hits and three runs. He walked seven and struck out three. He took the loss in the game. Brandon Boggs pitched 1 2/3 innings giving up two hits and one run with three strikeouts. Jake Westbrook pitched one inning giving up one hit and he walked one.
Ian Kinsler pitched one hit and one walk, Elvis Andrus had two hits and Josh Hamilton had a hit and an RBI. Michael Young had a walk, Nelson Cruz had a hit and two walks and David Murphy had two walks. Napoli had a hit, three RBI and two walks. Hamilton and Andrus had a double. Napoli hit a homerun and the Rangers were 1-8 with runners in scoring position. The Rangers left eight men on base. Kinsler was caught stealing.
Lance Berkman had the only two hits of the game for the Cardinals. Rafael Furcal had a walk, Allen Craig had a walk and Nick Punto had a walk. Berkman had a double. The Cardinals were 0-4 with runners in scoring position and they left four men on base.
The Rangers got on the board first in the first inning with an RBI double from Hamilton. The Rangers had a 1-0 lead until the sixth inning when they scored three more to take a 4-0 lead. Napoli hit a three-run homerun in the sixth and that would complete the scoring in the game as the Rangers won the game 4-0.
The World Series is now tied at two games each and there will be at least a sixth game. Game 5 will be on Monday night in Texas with C.J. Wilson and Chris Carpenter starting the game.
The story of this series so far has been the pitching. Game 3 became an offensive game and Pujols was the story with the three homeruns but other than that game the pitching has been up to the task in the other three games. If Holland had completed the shutout, he would have been only the third lefty to throw a two-hit shutout in World Series history. Warren Spahn and Whitey Ford are the only two that have done it.
Ron Washington the Rangers manager said, “We needed him to go out there and pitch well, and he did, and he showed the world what he’s capable of doing.” The Series will conclude in St. Louis on Wednesday in Game 6 or Thursday in Game 7 if necessary. This World Series has been very entertaining and now it becomes a best of three.