In what was an absolutely incredible game full of lead changes and back-and-forth drama, the St. Louis Cardinals pulled out an amazing 10-9 victory over the Texas Rangers last night at Busch Stadium to send the World Series to a decisive seventh game.
David Freese hit the game-winning walk-off home run to dead center in the bottom of the eleventh, after the Rangers were twice just a strike away from the title.
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Ironically, Freese had already written himself into St. Louis lore in the ninth inning with a two-strike, two-out, two-run triple off Neftali Feliz that tied the game at 7.
That was the first of two blown opportunities by Texas to end the series.
The second came after a hobbled Josh Hamilton had given the Rangers the lead with a two-run homer in the tenth. In the bottom half of the inning, again with the Cardinals season down to its final strike, Lance Berkman stroked an RBI single to center of Scott Feldman to tie the game at 9.
As the game progressed, it seemed as if St. Louis was just destined to win it. Texas led on five separate occasions, only to see the "Cardiac Cards" rally back each time when all hope seemed lost.
"It's not that easy to win a world championship,'' Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "I give them credit for taking the game away from us."
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It certainly won't be easy.
Home teams have won the last eight Game 7s in the World Series, a streak that started with the Cardinals beating the Milwaukee Brewers back in 1982.
Added to that, the Rangers may now also have to face Chris Carpenter, who received a gift from the Gods in the form of an extra days rest when Game 6, which had originally been scheduled for Wednesday night, was pushed back until Thursday due to rain. Rain, I might add, that never came.
Still don't believe in destiny? Maybe it's time you start.