Thanks to an all-out effort from starting pitcher Chris Carpenter, a timely pinch-hit by Allen Craig and some typically frenetic pitching changes by Tony La Russa, the St. Louis Cardinals have an early lead in the best-of-seven World Series. Playing before a supportive home crowd at Busch Stadium, the Cards will look to claim a commanding two-games-to-none edge in Game 2.
St. Louis Cardinals
St. Louis, Missouri
8:05 P.M. EST
The Cardinals give the ball to left-hander Jaime Garcia, who has become an integral part of the Redbirds' rotation over the past two seasons. Meanwhile, the Rangers will turn to veteran righty Colby Lewis to get them on track. Of course, Lewis can only do so much if the Texas bats stay quiet. Aside from Mike Napoli's home run, the Rangers were quiet at the dish in the opener. Nelson Cruz did not pick up where he left off in the ALCS and Josh Hamilton seems hindered by injury.
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Furcal flies out to right. Cruz comes in and he's under. Feliz saves the comeback win.
Feliz gets Schumaker swinging. Furcal is last chance for Game 2. He swings first pitch, foul.
Feliz comes right down the heart of the plate. Schumaker still can't do anything with it.
Feliz is behind 2-1 and not locating well.
Laird stays at first. Punto overmatched against the fastball.
Punto having a hard time redirecting these lasers from Feliz.
If you're going to play small ball here then shouldn't you have pinch-run Theriot? Laird is still a catcher...
Molina is on. And then he is off. Gerald Laird is a much faster catcher and he talks Molina's spot. Here comes Punto.
Feliz throwing heat but not finding the mitt. Molina takes straight arrow strike at 3-0.
Neftali Feliz on for Rangers and the Cards have Molina, Punto and Schumaker up.
A pair of hits, some good base running and a pair fo sac flies and the Rangers are out in front. Ron Washington will send out his closer. After not trusting his own closer La Russa has used up most of his top relievers if Cards can tie it back up.
Beltre bounces to third for the final out of the frame but the Rangers have the lead.
After the count goes full, Young lifts a sac fly to center. Jay catches it running toward right-field corner and Andrus comes home. RANGERS LEAD.
Lynn having a hard time finding zone.
The Rangers all-time leader in Ranger-ness up with a chance to bring home the go-ahead run.
Has La Russa just managed himself out of a win? He's no pulled Rhodes and Lynn will come on to face Young. One more sac fly and he'll have to face the Rangers' closer.
Hamilton lifts the first pitch to right and Kinsler tags up and comes home. TIE GAME. Andrus gets to third with one out.
Going to get the august Rhodes from the 'pen to play a matchup in a save situation in the World Series means that your team does not have a closer. Sorry, Motte's beard.
La Russa comes out, chats with Motte and then pulls him from Rhodes. Can the veteran lefty get Hamilton as he did last night?
Despite his obvious injury problems, Hamilton finds himself in an enviable spot. Runners at second and third with no out.
He slaps one to slight right center and Kinsler is held at third. Throw is coming back toward plate, though, and Andrus hustles all the way to second. No out and two on for Hamilton.
Motte challenging Andrus up in the zone with his high-90s gas.
Big jump by Kinsler and he gets in ahead of a nice throw by Molina. Bold play, high stakes, with Molina behind the plate and Motte mostly throwing heat.
Andrus shows bunt but holds bat and takes a ball.
He drops a ball into Bermuda Triangle between center fielder and left fielder and shortstop. Tying run on with no outs. Here comes Andrus. Running? Bunting?
Rangers will have top of their order up in ninth.
Descalso grounds to Kinsler, who flips to Young. Berkman and Holliday stranded. Rangers just a hit away from getting even. Here comes Motte.
Berkman was in motion on the pitch but Adams missed and there are two on and two away for Descalso.
Berkman sneaks a hot grounder under Kinsler's glove and into right field. Holliday bats with two away and a Puma on first. A very slow Puma.
All of Busch Stadium seemed to think Pujols just hit an oppo blast but Cruz catches it as he backs into wall. Two down for Berkman.