Well crap. Series 2-1 Cards.
Wanna talk about a different kind of game than the last two? Let’s talk. While the last two games have been close and low scoring, this game blew the run total out of the water (the Vegas line for total runs was at 9 1/2 for the GAME).
Talk about playing tug of war with my heart strings. 5 runs down, catch up, 5 runs down again, catch up, 5 runs down AGAIN, catch up a little, 8 runs down, catch up a little, 8 runs down AGAIN…well you get the picture and it wasn’t pretty.
The bats were on fire from the very beginning. Craig homered in the top of the first to put the Cards out to an early lead. 1-0. Then in the 4th, a HORRIBLE call on a potential double play ball- where Naploli almost took off Holliday’s head about two feet from the bag- landed Holliday on first with one out. It snowballed from there with yet another error by the Rangers (what happened to small ball and defense fellas?) and the Cards put up 4.
The Rangers started to rally in the bottom of the 4th when Michael Young led off the inning with a homer to right center. Betre followed with a single and then Oh Nelly! Boomstick (man I love that word)!!! 5-3.
Oh but we’re not done. Far from it actually. The Cards put up another 3 in the top of the 5th, and the Rangers get 3 right back in the bottom of the 5th. See what I’m talking about? Tug, tug, tug, happy, sad, happy, sad!
In the top of the 6th, apparently, the Rangers forgot who they were pitching to and Ogando threw one right down the pipe to Pujols.
Mini Rant: Ummm hello? This is one of the best hitters in MLB history. Who the hell is calling these pitches? Although he’s a great hitter, he’s also known to ground out into double plays. Why go for the strikeout with 2 runners on when he’s known to ground out? With the way your defense is playing tonight, Wash, you can’t afford to give up bombs to that guy. Who knows? Maybe the D would have botched the grounder…but seriously we already have 3 errors tonight at this point. I’d take another one over a multi run bomb any day.
Another Mini Rant: Why are we messing with the lineup? Torreabla go away. Napoli go back to catcher. Cruz go back to the 7 hole. You fit well there. Why mess with something that wasn’t broken? Ok I’m done…I think, but don’t quote me on that.
Oh wait. Apparently we didn’t learn our lesson. Pujols jacked another one, this time for 3 runs in the 7th. 14 (yes. one-four)- 6 Cards.
The Rangers picked up one in the bottom of the 7th, but the Cards got one in the top of the 8th, so the boys were still down by 8. Score 15-7. Usually I’m ok…being a fan of this team takes patience. Never count them out, they always have fight, and something up their sleeve- but 8 runs with 2 innings left is a lot.
Well…once again no lesson learned. Pujols homers AGAIN, for the third time, tying him for most home runs in a World Series game, with none other than the Babe (Babey Ruth? anyone? Bueller?) and Reggie. Cards 16-7.
What I do know….All season long the Rangers have dropped a game and then have come storming back. Let’s bring that mentality to tomorrow’s game boys. Claw me!
FINAL: Rangers 7, Cardinals 16