Stroke of Greatness

Albert Pujols spent much of Friday dealing with criticism from the media, for the fact that he did not stick around in the clubhouse for interviews following Game 2.  He silenced all of his critics last night with quite possibly the single greatest hitting performance in a World Weries game.  Pujols went 5-6, hitting three home runs, driving in six runs, and scoring four runs.  Pujols joins Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson as the only players to ever hit three home runs in a world series game.  Pujols finished with 14 total bases, setting a World Series record.  Not only did the Cardinals re-take home field advantage, they stopped any momentum Texas had gained from their ninth inning rally Thursday night.  The Rangers will have to find a way to rebound from a crushing 16-7 loss.  They will send 25-year old lefty Derek Holland to the mound against journeyman right-hander Edwin Jackson of the Cardinals.  This game has to be seen as a must win for the Rangers, if they were go down 3-1, the series would surely be over with two of the next three games back in St. Louis.  The Rangers bullpen got taxed for 10 earned runs in 5 1/3 innings of work last night.  Hit especially hard was Alexi Ogando who threw 35 pitches, allowed 3 hits and 3 earned runs, and recorded only one out.  The Rangers need a good start from Holland tonight, if the Cardinals can get to the Texas bullpen, there’s no reason to think they won’t do what they did last night again.  And if the Cardinals win tonight, Chris Carpenter will be coming back to pitch in a closeout game, last time that happened, he outpitched Roy Halladay.  We’re heading to the third inning and the Rangers are up 1-0.

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