For the first time since 2002, the MLB World Series went to a seventh game tonight as the Texas Rangers, still stinging from last nights shock loss, fronted up against the St Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.
The Cardinals, who just over a month ago were out of playoff contention, have battled through the playoff rounds and somehow, amazingly, continued to survive when all hope seemed lost. Tonight, in front of almost 50,000 adouring home fans, they completed the fairytale… Defeating Texas 6-2 to clinch the World Series four games to three.
The scoring, as it did last night, started early, when Josh Hamilton doubled to right field, scoring Elvis Andrus, then another double to right field, by Michael Young, scored Hamilton. The Cardinals however responded with two runs of their own in the first, thanks to the Game 6 hero, David Freese. With Pujols and Berkman on second and first courtesy of walks, Freese doubled on a line drive to left field and tied the game.
Neither side scored in the second innings however when Allen Craig hit a solo home run over right field's head in the third, the Cardinals took the lead and never looked back. this eas extended in the fifth when Yadier Molina drew a walk after the bases had been loaded up and the lead grew to three straight after when Rafael Furcal was hit by a pitch.
Chris Carpenter was having a good night on the mound and kept the Texan bats to just six hits through six innings, and when Molina singled to centre field in the seventh to score Berkman, the score had blown out to 6-2. Arthur Rhodes, Octavio Dotel, Lance Lynn and Jason Motte continued the solid night of pitching for the Cardinals as all four didn't allow any hits between them in the finals three innings as the Cardinals waltzed to glory.
For St Louis, Molina (2-3 & 2 RBI) and Furcal (2-3 & 1 RBI) were the best of the hitters whilst for Texas, Ian Kinsler went 2-3 at the top of the line-up.
And so that caps off a fantastic season of Major League Baseball which was filled with many highlights. The 2012 season kicks off on April 4th between St Louis and the newly named Miami Marlins, and there's no doubt it'll be just as exciting as 2011 was. For more baseball articles, please follow this link.
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