There’s always tomorrow. That’s what we love about baseball. That’s what the Texas Rangers love about baseball. Game four was that tomorrow for the Rangers. The chance to redeem themselves after last night.
So they hoped.
What the St. Louis Cardinals love about baseball? What the Cardinals fans love about baseball? Albert Pujols. Albert Pujols taking names and setting records. And game four was that tomorrow to see where the Cardinals could go next.
But Game Four started the way it would end: Pujols recorded the third out of the top of the first inning. A new game. A new day.
After Elvis Andrus singled for the Arlington home team, Josh Hamilton doubled to bring in an RBI right away in the top of the first inning. The Rangers took the lead. Could it be?
After the first run of the game, defense ruled. It was a pitchers’ (and fielders’) duel for sure. Lance Berkman doubled in the top of the second, but to no avail. In the bottom of the second, Ian Kinsler singled, but was caught stealing second for the third out of the inning.
The third inning was fierce and both pitchers saw only three batters with simple groudouts and flyouts. The top of the third passed in the same manner. Derek Holland,
his excuse for a ‘stache, and the Texans were on fire.
Then Cardinals pitcher Edwin Jackson went wacky in the bottom of the fourth. In the worst way. He walked two batters in a row with two outs: David Murphy and Mike Napoli. Then Jackson threw a near-wild pitch that Yadier Molina managed to block, somehow. Luck. It was only luck when Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland struck out swinging to end the inning and leave the two ducks stranded on the pond.
Jackson tossed his fifth walk of the evening to Kinsler in the bottom of the fifth. There were no outs, yet somehow Andrus, Hamilton, and Michael Young failed to take advantage of the opportunity to bring in another run for the Rangers. Luck.
Holland got himself into a tight spot in the top of the sixth when he walked Nick Punto on one out. But Cardinals Rafael Furcal and Allen Craig proved unreliable. The two accounted for the outs needed to end the inning, rather than pulling in any ribbies. No hits with men on base? Yes, this was definitely a different game than the night before.
None other than Mike NA-PO-LI became the night’s hero on Mitchell Boggs’ first offering, when he launched a three-run homer into the history books- er, the stands- in the bottom of the sixth inning to put the Rangers up 4-0 over the Cardinals.
Elvis Andrus doubled to right to kick off the bottom of the seventh on Allen Craig’s failed diving catch. But Boggs took a turn for the better, and retired Josh Hamilton, Michael Young, and Adrian Beltre to end the inning with limited damage.
It was at about the time of the seventh inning stretch that fans in the Twitterverse became a little distracted by the self-proclaimed “worst mustache in baseball.” (To clarify, in case you somehow missed it, that was Derek Holland’s moustache.) The tweets poured out, and it is against my nature to ignore them:
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