Friday, October 21, 2011

World Series: Texas Ain't Joshing!

World Series: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Texas Rangers
Game 2: Rangers 2 - Cardinals 1
Series tied, 1-1

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Trailing 1-0 in the top of the 9th inning, the Texas Rangers hit two sacrifice flies to steal Game 2 from the St. Louis Cardinals. As expected, the Great One Josh Hamilton and Mr. Everything Michael Young came through in the clutch with the crucial sac flies.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the fourth time in World Series history that all of a winning team's runs came on outs. The others were, the New York Giants winning the 1905 World Series clincher against the Philadelphia Athletics, 2-0, with RBIs from Billy Gilbert (fly out) and George Browne (ground out). The Yankees posted a 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1950 World Series opener on a run-scoring fly ball off the bat of Jerry Coleman. The Cardinals defeated the Boston Red Sox in the first game of the 1967 World Series, 2-1, with Roger Maris driving in St. Louis' runs with a pair of ground outs.

In the end, closer Neftali Feliz sealed the deal in the bottom of the ninth and the Rangers escaped St. Loo with the larger-than-life split in the series.

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We've had back-to-back (low-scoring) 1-run games thus far, so it looks like the series is going to be a battle of pitching staffs.

And now the war moves on to Texas where three brutal battles will be fought. Who will prevail?

To be continued....

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