The St. Louis Cardinals were down to their last strike twice last night, but Lance Berkman and David Freese refused to quit. The St. Louis Cardinals, this years team of destiny, won Game 6 in dramatic fashion after David Freese's walkoff in the 11th and coming back twice against the Texas Rangers.
Game 6 started off, oddly enough, as one of the worst games in World Series history. Defensive miscues on both sides led to unearned runs. Matt Holliday and Rafael Furcal miscommunicating on a pop fly that fell and later led to a run. Eventual Game 6 hero David Freese dropped a pop up that even I could have probably caught. Michael Young throwing the ball away from Colby Lewis who was covering first. It was an ugly game defensively. The one great defensive play was when Mike Napoli made a snap throw to third to pickoff Matt Holliday to add to Holliday's World Series woes.
After the defenses seemed to settle down, Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz went back to back to give Texas a two run lead in the seventh. Ian Kinsler drove in another run to make it a three run game.
All seemed to be over for the Cardinals, until the bottom of the ninth. The Cardinals, after a Albert Pujols double and a Lance Berkman walk, were down to their last strike. With All-Star closer Neftali Feliz on the mound, it seemed that the Rangers were finally going to win a title. Just try telling David Freese that. Freese ripped a two run triple down right field just out of Nelson Cruz's reach. Just like that the Cards were back in the game and the Series.
In the 10th, injured Josh Hamilton crushed a two run home run to put Texas back on top. The Rangers could relax again. Ron Washington put in veteran Darren Oliver to try to close out the Series, but back to back singles gave the Cardinals life again. Enter Scott Feldman. Feldman, who looked so good earlier in the postseason, was trying to earn his first career save, in the clinching game of the World Series no less, but Lance Berkman, down to his final strike, lined a single to center field. Yet again the game was tied.
After a 1-2-3 11th for the Rangers, Mark Lowe entered the game for the Rangers, perhaps the worst arm in the Rangers bullpen, and gave up the walkoff home run to NLCS MVP David Freese. The Cardinals are very much alive and kicking.
This game as I was watching it reminded me of the '86 World Series Game 6. Both teams leading late in the game trying to nail down their first titles in several years only to give up those said leads. This game was the best World Series game I have seen in some time. This Series is the best I have seen in some time.
Who knows what Game 7 will bring. Nelson Cruz and Matt Holliday are both hurt. Both the Rangers and Cardinals bullpens are exhausted and are expected to again be overworked. Chris Carpenter pitching on short rest. It just seems to me that the St. Louis Cardinals will win Game 7 tonight. They have home field and most importantly momentum.
It is in the Cards.