What a game. What an amazing ugly duckling of a game that turned into a swan by the end. To start, the game was fraught with errors – five total between both teams. It looked like the Keystone Kops had taken the field.
It was tied 4-4 going into the seventh inning and then the Rangers opened up a lead, scoring three runs off back-to-back homers and a single. It looked pretty bleak for the Cardinals, down 7-4. But the way the Cardinals have been playing since Aug. 25 means that the game isn’t over until it’s over.
The Cardinals put up one run in the bottom of the eighth and then a down-to-the-last-strike triple by hometown boy David Freese sent the game to extra innings tied 7-7. A quick two-run homer by Josh Hamilton put the Rangers back up 9-7 in the top of the 10th, but Lance Berkman responded with a down-to-the-last-strike single in the bottom of the 10th to tie the game 9-9.
Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook came in to pitch the top of the 11th and got the job done without letting up any runs. And then hometown boy Freese again wins the game with a walk-off home run, which now ties him with players like Sandy Alomar, David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez for most single postseason RBI all-time.
The Cardinals also became the first team to win a World Series game when trailing in the 9th and extra innings.
What a ridiculously fun game to watch. We can’t wait to see Game 7 tomorrow night.