Rangers Lose To St. Louis in Game One
Texas Rangers fans biting finger nails wound up with an "oh well, there's always tomorrow night," after the Rangers lost to St. Louis in Game 1 of the World Series 3-2 last night.
Game 2 is scheduled for 7:05 tonight at Busch Stadium. Colby Lewis is set to pitch for the Rangers, and it will be lefty Jaime Garcia for the Cards. I'm looking for more pressure on Lewis since his team now trails.
But, Lewis has had some outstanding performances in the playoffs. His record is 4-1 with a 2.37 ERA in six postseason starts.
Last night, the Rangers couldn't get past Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter, who last past the fifth inning. That happens seldom. But how about Rangers catcher Mike Napoli? He drilled a slider into the right-field seats for a 2-run homer. That tied the game, 2 to 2.
Then in the sixth inning the Rangers blew it. MVP David Freese hit a one-out double off C.J. Wilson. After a wild pitch, Freese made it to third base. Then Wilson struck out Yadier Molina for the second out. He then walked Nick Punto on four pitches, with Carpenter on deck.
Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa pulled Carpenter for pinch-hitter Allen Craig. Then Washingon took out Wilson and put in reliever Alexi Ogando.
Ogando pitched a 98 mph fast ball. He was 1 and 2 ahead of Craig, then threw another fast ball that Craig hit into shallow right field. Nelson Cruz slid but the ball bounced off his back leg, he said his foot got stuck in the dirt. That gave the Cardinals their 3-2 win. It was an incredibly with some controversial calls and that was all she wrote for this game. Check out these highlights from the Texas Rangers website.