St. Louis Cardinals Champions of the World Series 2011
|Written by OGB|
|Saturday, 29 October 2011 00:07|
The St. Louis Cardinals, the team that never daunted, on Friday were devoted champions of the World Series for the eleventh time in their history after beating Rangers 6-2 to Texas.
In the first seventh game in a World Series since 2002, Chris Carpenter showed his race by launching six innings for the Cardinals with three days off. In addition, unexpected heroes David Freese and Allen Craig again be crucial to their bats.
Craig hit a home run that gave the lead for St. Louis in the third inning and Freese hit an RBI double two-run served to clear away an early bird advantage of Texas, who paid dearly for the lack of control of their pitchers.
To the delight of a full house of 47,399 fans at Busch Stadium, Jason Motte retired David Murphy with a fly to left field for the final out.
Led by Tony La Russa, the Cardinals celebrated another crown more and the first since 2006. They also established themselves as the second team with more titles from the majors, behind only the 27 of the New York Yankees.
One night after surviving after meeting twice a strike away from being eliminated, San Luis became the 19th set in history that turned a 3-2 disadvantage in the Fall Classic to devote.
It was a sad ending for the Rangers, the first team to succumb in two consecutive classics from Atlanta in 1991-92.
The Cardinals, however, became the fifth wild card to be crowned champion and first since Boston Red Sox 2004.
Better way could not be when considering the team turmoil in the region north-central United States first had to go to sneak into the playoffs and then knock down one favorite after another.
He had to overcome a difference of 10 ½ games to remove the wildcard to Atlanta on the last day of the regular season.
He had to rebound after going 2-1 against the first-round series against the Philadelphia Phillies, owners of the best record in the regular season. Then he let out to Milwaukee, the rival who beat him in the AL Central by six games apart.
And of course the two comebacks from the previous night in which Freese tied the game in the ninth inning with a triple and a homer defined it in the eleventh.
Texas struck first when Josh Hamilton and Michael Young hit consecutive doubles in the initial entry to go up 2-0.
Carpenter struggled and went to his first batter until the fifth struck out Adrian Beltre. The Rangers could have done more in that inning, but the receiver Yadier Molina Ian Kinsler surprised too far from the initial one. It was the second time in the series that Molina threw out a similar move Kinsler.
But the hero of the night before was responsible for reviving the fans.
After taking the first two outs, Rangers starter Matt Harrison gave a row tickets to Albert Pujols and Lance Berkman. Freese came to bat and hit a 3-2 pitch into account his double to left for a 2-2 draw.
St. Louis went ahead 3-2 with the third homer of the series of Craig, an opposite field homer to the right with one out. The ball landed in the Cardinals' bullpen, reliever Octavio Dotel where he raised his arm in approval.
Craig was a starter because Matt Holliday, the head of left, is out after injuring his right wrist being pulled out at third. Craig also wore stealing a home run to Nelson Cruz to pull the glove over the fence in the sixth.
While Carpenter was less to more, the Texas pitching lost the compass.
San Luis is off the fifth with two additional races without taking the ball to the infield Scott Feldman and CJ reelvistas Wilson, an entry of three walks and two balls intencional_ _A. The races went in with a ticket to a pitch to Molina and Rafael Furcal.
Carpenter, in just his second start of his career with three days' rest, gave up six hits and two walks. He struck out five
First pitcher in a decade to make three starts in a World Series mims, Carpenter was relieved by Arthur Rhodes after allowing a double to David Murphy to open the seventh
Harrison allowed three runs, five hits and three walks in four innings.
The sixth entry in San Luis fell in the seventh with Molina's single to center of the Puerto Rican towed the ninth in the series.
The Rangers did not lose consecutive games since late August and the two-game losing streak in San Luis will hurt for long.
And so he wrote the epilogue to a full season marked by spectacular comebacks and humiliating collapse. It was also the pin for an unforgettable postseason in which 38 of the 41 played games planned.
For the Rangers, Elvis Andrus 2-0 with a run scored, and Yorvit Torrealba 1-0. The Adrian Beltre of 3-0, and Nelson Cruz 4-0.
For the Cardinals, Albert Pujols 2-0 with two runs scored, and Rafael Furcal 3-2 with an RBI. Yadier Molina's 3-2 with two RBIs.