Rangers Win Game 4: 2011 World Series Tied 2-2 and Preview of Game 5
Monday October 24, 2011
April Whitzman (Blue Jays and Prospects Writer – MLB reports): Already down 2-1 in the series, the Texas Rangers were craving a win against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. Especially after being outscored 16-7 the game before. And, with Derek Holland on the mound – – that’s exactly what they got.
From then on in, Edwin Jackson settled in, allowing only one hit after the first inning. It was not the hits that hurt him though, but rather the walks.
So what did Napoli do? You guessed it – hit a home run – a three-run shot and his second of the series. His monster shot gave the Rangers a 4-0 lead.
That would be how the game ende,d as the Cardinals were only able to manage two hits the entire game and only once had a runner past first base (Lance Berkman’s double in the second).
While Napoli was a key reason to the Rangers’ win, the player of the game was certainly Derek Holland who went 8 1/3 innings, allowing only two hits, while striking out seven and walking two.
Interestingly, the two batters he walked came in the ninth inning, before he was replaced by Neftali Feliz, who got Albert Pujols (who went 5-5 with three homers the game before) to fly out and Matt Holliday to strike out to end the game.
The dominance of the Rangers pitching on the mound this night allowed the bullpen to take it easy who had already been overworked from allowing 16 runs the game before.
On Monday, the Cardinals look to regain the lead as they sent their ace, Chris Carpenter to the mound. With that said – the Rangers are hoping C.J. Wilson will rebound from his loss in game 1 and get the win to give them their first lead of the series. Game time is 8:05 PM ET from Arlington. From there, the World Series shifts to St. Louis. The winner of tonight’s game will be only 1 game away from winning the 2011 World Series. Given Carpenter’s dominance as shown in this year’s playoffs, St. Louis appears to have the edge over Texas and a struggling Wilson. But as Holland showed last night, anything can happen in baseball on any given night. Tonight’s game promises to be a classic.
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