The Fall Classic has arrived.
The pennant-winning clubs from the American and National leagues will finally face off after a thrilling and enervating stretch that has featured unexpected comebacks, heart-rending collapses, walk-off home runs, diving catches, animal assistance, breakout stars and, of course, rain delays.
St. Louis Cardinals
St. Louis, Missouri
8:05 P.M. EST
Both clubs will be sending their No. 1 pitchers to the hill tonight. The Cardinals give the ball to Chris Carpenter and the Rangers will counter with C.J. Wilson. While Wilson has struggled mightily in his previous 2011 postseason starts, Carpenter authored one of the most dominant, high-pressure starts in recent memory to lift the Cardinals past the Phillies into the NLCS.
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|@ jonahkeri : Infrared/blown call was amusing, but Cards played a little better, managed a lot better. That's why they won.|
|@ EricFisherSBJ : TV ratings for World Series Game 1 may very well suck as most everyone expects. But if you like baseball, this had bit of everything|
|@ joe_sheehan : The umpiring gaffe pales in comparison with batting your best hitter seventh.|
|@ BlkSportsOnline : So the Cardinals take a 1-0 lead in the Best of 7 World Series..|
|@ OldHossRadbourn : Looks like T. La Russa double-switched the right amount of money into the umpire's pocket.|
Motte gets one off the end of the bat and flies out to end the game.
Crowd chants as Motte mixes cutters and straight fastballs.
|@ RickyRo24 : Damn tough luck for Beltre and Rangers right there. That was a foul ball.|
All that arguing, and FOX's heatvision cam, can't change call. Cruz is last chance for Rangers.
Beltre appears to foul it off his foot but there is no call from umps. Descalso fields at third and fires to first for out. Washington out to argue. Beltre incredulous.
Jason Motte will pitch as wel as field. He grabs comebacker from Young and fires a strike to Pujols. One down.
The Cards' unofficial official closer is on for the top of the month. The Rangers have Young, Beltre and Cruz up.
|@ CardsInsider : Jason Motte (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 7 G, 4 SV, 8.0 IP, 1 H) called in from the bullpen for the 9th. Cards fans giving him "closers welcome."|
Punto strikes out and the Cards' insurance run left 90 feet away at third.
Molina grounds out to short and Berkman moves up again. He's at third with Punto up. He hasn't been retired yet tonight, oddly.
|@ AaronGleeman : Ty Cobb was 3-for-11 with four walks against Arthur Rhodes.|
Berkman moved over. Yadi up with one on and one away. Insurance run sitting out there. Rangers 'pen active. Feldman's beard concerned but stoic.
Berkman grounds one up the middle. Kinsler gets far to his right to cut the ball off but he can't get throw back to first to get Berkman, who gingerly runs around Young at first. Old man manners.
The Rangers tall righty back out on the hill for home eighth. Berkman leads off.
After falling behind in count, Rhodes gets Hamilton to fly to center. All the La Russa haters really wanted that move to backfire.
Hamilton swings on 3-1 but fouls it off. Full Count.
The veteran Rhodes falls behind Hamilton, 2-0. He then gets a foul ball. With Rangers paying most of his salary do we have a double agent situation?
|@ TylerKepner : Dotel and Rhodes, with combined 33 MLB seasons, are making their World Series debuts in the same inning. Pretty cool.|
|@ ScottMCBSSports : And now, Arthur Rhodes to face Josh Hamilton as the matchups continue.|
Dotel gets Andrus on three straight cutters. He looks filthy. Well, sartorially, he looks great with the high socks. But his pitches? Filth.
Kinsler hits a comebacker on the second pitch he sees. It's meekly hit and easily turned into an out.
|@ AaronGleeman : Octavio Dotel has the highest strikeout rate (10.9/9 IP) in MLB history among all right-handers with 800+ innings. #RepeatTweet|