ST. LOUIS — Following Thursday night’s dramatic win for the St. Louis Cardinals, many thought there was no way they would lose Game 7. They were right. The Cardinals amazing ride ended Friday night as they hoisted the Commissioner’s Trophy for the 11th time in team history. This is the same Cardinals team that was 10.5 games back of the Wild Card on August 25th. From that time on, the Cardinals started gaining momentum, fought hard and never quit. Friday night was no different.
The Rangers struck first in Game 7, getting two runs on three hits in the first off of Cardinals’ ace, Chris Carpenter. For Texas, the two runs scored in the first would be all they would get. They only managed three more hits the rest of the game. Trailing the Cardinals 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth, it started unraveling for the Rangers. The Cardinals loaded the bases and proceeded to get their next two runs courtesy of a walk and a hit batsmen. St. Louis now lead 5-2 and added one more in the bottom of the seventh to make it 6-2. From there, the Cardinals switched on the cruise control, called on Jason Motte in the ninth and soon started the celebration. It is only appropriate to call this group of Cardinals a “Team of Destiny.”
Taking nothing away from the Rangers, it is mind boggling to think how close they were the night before. Twice the Rangers had the Cardinals down to their last strike and twice the Cardinals got the key hit needed. They just never gave up. The Rangers have now lost the last two World Series, making them the fifth to team to do so since the early 1950’s (Atlanta Braves – 1991 and 1992, Los Angeles Dodgers 1977 and 1978, New York Yankees 1963 and 1964 and the Brooklyn Dodgers 1952 and 1953). You can be sure they will be back again though, and in the near future.
The Cardinals’ road through the playoffs saw them defeat the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League Division Series and the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Championship Series. For their manager, Tony LaRussa, it is the third time he has won a World Series. Oddly enough, number three came 22 years to the day he won his first in 1989. In 1989 LaRussa was managing the Oakland Athletics and defeated the San Francisco Giants in the World Series.
Following the World Series, it was no surprise to see David Freese of the Cardinals named the series Most Valuable Player; Freese also won the NLCS MVP. It was much deserved as he played lights outs the entire postseason. Freese set a record for RBI’s (21) and total bases (50) during that time and hit .348 (8 for 23) with one home run and seven RBI’s in the World Series.
World Series Stats of the Day:
- The home team has won game seven the last nine times. The last road team to win game seven is the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1979.
- This is the first time in the past nine years the World Series lasted seven games. In 2002 the Anaheim Angels (now the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) defeated the San Francisco Giants.
Game 1: Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, Busch Stadium – St. Louis, MO.
Texas 2, St. Louis 3
(WP: Carpenter) (LP: Wilson) (SV: Motte)
Game 2: Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, Busch Stadium – St. Louis, MO.
Texas 2, St. Louis 1
(WP: Adams) (LP: Motte) (SV: Feliz)
Game 3: Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington – Arlington, Texas
St. Louis 16, Texas 7
(WP: Lynn) (LP: Harrison)
Game 4: Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington – Arlington, Texas
St. Louis 0, Texas 4
(WP: Holland) (LP: Jackson)
Game 5: Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington – Arlington, Texas
St. Louis 2, Texas 4
(WP: Oliver) (LP: Dotel) (SV: Feliz)
Game 6: Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, Busch Stadium – St. Louis, MO.
Texas 9, St. Louis 10 (11 innings)
(WP: Westbrook) (LP: Lowe)
Game 7: Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, Busch Stadium – St. Louis, MO.
Texas 2, St. Louis 6
(WP: Carpenter) LP: Harrison)
The Good in Sports congratulates the St. Louis Cardinals for their World Series win in the 107th Fall Classic. We also congratulate the Texas Rangers for their terrific season and great play in the postseason. This has been one of the greatest postseasons of all-time.
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