Unbelievable!

If you didn’t watch it last night, you’ve probably heard about.  Last night’s Game 6 between the Cardinals and the Rangers was without question one of the greatest baseball games of all time.  It looked like the St. Louis Cardinals were trying to give the game away by committing 3 errors, allowing 2 runs to score.  The St. Louis bullpen exploded, giving up back-to-back homeruns to Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz in the 7th inning.  Ian Kinsler drove in another run to give Texas a 7-4 heading to the bottom of the 7th.  It looked like the wheels had finally come off for St. Louis and their taxed bullpen.  The Cardinals threatened in the bottom of the 8th, Allen Craig blasted a solo homerun to make it 7-5.  Rafael Furcal came up with the go-ahead run on base, but grounded out to end the threat.  Again, it looked like Texas was about to clinch the Series, Texas’s all-star closer Neftali Feliz was in for the ninth.  Albert Pujols got the rally started for the Cardinals with a one-out double,  Lance Berkman walked, Allen Craig struck out.  It all came down to David Freese with 2 on and 2 out.  The Rangers were a strike away from winning the World Series, but Freese lined a Feliz fastball (the second straight fastball from Feliz) deep into right.  Nelson Cruz appeared to have a read on the ball, but wary of the wall, he misplayed the ball, allowing the tying runs to score.  The Cardinals had mounted an improbable comeback.  Heading into extra innings it could be anybody’s game, but just as soon as the 10th inning had started, Josh Hamilton had absolutely drilled a Jason Motte fastball deep into the right field stands, a no-doubt about it home run.  Just as quickly as the Cardinals had come back from 2-down, they were down two again.  This time for the Rangers, Darren Oliver and Scott Feldman would try to close out the bottom of the Cardinals order.  But it was the bottom of the order that started the rally, Daniel Descalso started it off with a single, followed by a Jon Jay single.  Jay had been hitless in the World Series going into last night.  After intentionally walking Pujols, Lance Berkman came up with two out.  Berkman has been the Cardinals hottest hitter in the World Series, hitting .389 going into last night, and he had already homered earlier in the game to give the Cardinals a short-lived 2-1 lead.  Berkman delivered again, drilling Feldman’s pitch into the gap in right-center allowing Descalso and Jay to score, tying up the game.  Again, when it looked like it was over, the Cardinals fought back.  After getting a scoreless inning from Jake Westbrook, it would again be David Freese up to bat in the bottom of the 11th.  Freese worked the count and crushed Mark Lowe’s pitch deep into center field, capping off a day that saw Freese drive in the game tying, and game winning runs.  Now the scene shifts to Game 7 and the Cardinals will send Chris Carpenter to the mound on short rest.  The Rangers will counter with Matt Harrison, but Ron Washington completely emptied the Rangers bullpen last night.  If he has to go to the bullpen, he will be going to his starters C.J. Wilson and Derek Holland.  The Rangers also have huge questio.n marks with both Mike Napoli and Nelson Cruz sustaining injuries last night, both are expected to play.  The Cardinals will be without Matt Holliday, who re-aggravated a hand injury while being picked off third base last night.  Holliday has struggled in the World Series, however, and although his presence in the lineup will be missed, the Cardinals probably get a defensive upgrade in the outfield.  Game 7 is where anything can happen, and this improbable and amazing offseason is coming to an end.  Who would have thought at the beginning of April that we’d be watching the Cardinals and the Rangers in Game 7.  I had picked the Cardinals, largely because they have Carpenter going tonight at home, now is their chance to cap off another improbable comeback.

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