First of all, I’d like to congratulate David Ortiz for winning the 2011 Roberto Clemente Award. For those who don’t know, it’s an award that’s given out each year to the player that “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” In my opinion David Ortiz is one of the nicest guys in the game, and does a lot to help out his community. It was an award that was well deserved, and I felt he truly appreciated it.
As for the game, it started out kind of slow. Not a single hit until the bottom of the third inning. A double by Rafael Furcal. It would turn out not to matter, as the next batter, Jon Jay, grounded out to end the inning.
The first true excitement of the game came in the bottom of the fourth as a spectacular bare handed double play was turned by Ian Kinsler on a flip from Elvis Andrus. A truly remarkable play.
As I mentioned earlier, the first hit of the ballgame didn’t occur until the bottom of the third inning. The first run of the ballgame came four innings later, as the Cardinals scored a run in the bottom of the seventh. An RBI single from Allen Craig that scored David Freese.
With the first run of the ballgame coming as late in the game as it did, you had to be thinking that it could easily of been enough for the Cardinals to win. The Rangers only had six more outs to answer, and considering the fact that the ball wasn’t carrying–due to the cool temperatures–it was going to take a few base hits to score a run. Unlike the warm air the Rangers where used to back in Texas that causes balls to fly out of the ballpark. A home run would be a hard task to pull off.
Ask Albert Pujols. He pretty much got all of one in the bottom of the eighth inning but the ball fell JUST short of the bullpen, as it was hauled in by Nelson Cruz, as he banged up against the fence. If ‘King’ Albert couldn’t hit a home run last night, you had to figure no one could.
Now moving on to the top of the ninth. The Rangers are down to their last three outs, and are still trailing 1-0. To make matters worse, Jason Motte, the Cardinal’s “unofficial” closer–who had proven himself as a dominant force in the past–is on the mound. As of lately, Motte is as sure as it gets.
Motte gave up a lead off single to Ian Kinsler, who the proceeded to steal second. Elvis Andrus then singled to second allowing Kinsler to advance to third. The throw home from the outfield was misplayed by Albert which allowed Andrus to advance to second. It’s now second and third with no outs. Cardinals fans began to fear the worse. But this is Jason Motte! He’ll get out of it. Right? Well, he didn’t get the chance, as Arthur Rhodes was brought in to replace Motte. The next batter Josh Hamilton, who wasn’t 100 percent, hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Kinsler. Tie game. Michael Young, then proceeded to do the same, this time to center field, scoring Andrus. The score is now 2-1 Rangers. And that’s how it ended.
The Rangers tied the series up at a game a piece. Game three is tomorrow in Texas. Should be an interesting game.