World Series Game 7: Inning-by-inning recap

10/28/2011 11:38:12 PM
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The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Texas Rangers 6-2 in Game 7 to win the franchise's 11th World Series Championship.

Relive the game below with an inning-by-inning recap.


1st: Chris Carpenter struggled early, giving up a hit to leadoff hitter Ian Kinsler.  Before Elvis Andrus could complete his at-bat, Kinsler was caught steeling by Yadier Molina.  Andrus drew a walk and then immediately scored when Josh Hamilton hit a line drive double past a diving Albert Pujols at first.  Michael Young made the score 2-0 when he hit a double to drive Hamilton in.  Carpenter then retired Adrain Beltre and Nelson Cruz.

After two quick outs to start the bottom of the inning, Matt Harrison threw a four-pitch walk to Albert Pujols, with everything away from the slugger.  He then issued another free pass to Lance Berkman, giving Game 6 hero David Freese a chance to hit with men on first and second, and the young third-baseman delivered with a two-run double.  With C.J. Wilson warming up in the bullpen, Yadier Molina flew out to deep centre to end the frame.

2nd: For the second consecutive inning, Chris Carpenter gave up a leadoff single, this time to Mike NapoliDavid Murphy hit into a fielder's choice, with Napoli being out at second.  Harrison hit a sac bunt, to move Murphy into scoring position with two outs.  Kinsler drew a walk, which lead to pitching coach Dave Duncan visiting Carpenter on mound.  After Kinsler was almost picked off by Molina on first, Andrus hit a weak grounder back to Carpenter for the third out.

Following a leadoff single to Rafael Furcal, Harrison got Skip Schumaker to hit into a double play.  Harrison struck out Chris Carpenter for the first 1-2-3 inning of the game.

3rd: After picking up two quick outs, Carpenter hit Beltre with a pitch.  Nelson Cruz flew out of shallow left-field for the third out.

With one out in the bottom of the frame, Allen Craig took Harrison deep to right-centre for a solo home run, before getting Albert Pujols and Lance Berkman out.

4th: Carpenter looked to be in a groove, striking out Napoli, getting Murphy to ground out and then striking out Harrison for his first 1-2-3 inning.

Following a one-out hit to Molina in the bottom of the frame, Furcal picked up his second hit of the game, a single to right field.  With men on first and second, the Rangers have a meeting on pitching mound, while Scott Feldman begins to warm up in the bullpen.  Schumaker's bat shattered, but the runners advanced on the ground out to first base, giving Chris Carpenter a chance with two outs and men on second and third.  Carpenter flew out to mid-right field to end the frame.

5th: For the third time in the game, Carpenter allowed the leadoff man to get on base, surrendering a single to Kinsler.  Kinsler advanced to second after a sacrifice bunt from Andrus.  After a fly out in foul territory by Hamilton, Carpenter picked up his fifth strikeout of the game by punching out Young.

Feldman was on the hill in place of Harrison to start the bottom of the frame.  The right-hander got a quick out against Ryan Theriot, before walking Craig and hitting Pujols with a pitch.  C.J. Wilson started to warm up as Lance Berkman grounded out to first to advance the runners to second and third.  Rather than face the red-hot Freese, the Rangers walked the bases full in order to face Molina.  After getting behind 3-0 in the count, Feldman fought back to 3-2, only to walk Molina, forcing a run in.  With the Rangers down 4-2, Ron Washington summoned Wilson from the bullpen.   Wilson's first pitch hit Furcal to drive in another run.  He settled down and got Schumaker to strikeout to end the inning.

6th: Carpenter got some help from his outfield, namely Allen Craig who robbed a home run from Nelson Cruz, to pick up another 1-2-3 inning.

Wilson stopped the bleeding for the Rangers and got Carpenter, Furcal and Craig out in order.

7th: After giving up a ground rule double to David Murphy to start the inning, Chris Carpenter was pulled in favour of Arthur Rhodes, who faced Yorvit Torrealba, who was the pinch hitter for C.J. Wilson.  Torrealba flew out to centre, but the runner couldn't advance.  Octavio Dotel was then called from the bullpen to face Ian Kinsler, and the former Blue Jay struck out Kinsler on three pitches, and got Elvis Andrus to fly out.

Mike Adams started the frame by striking out Pujols before allowing a single to Berkman and a walk to Freese.  Yadier Molina drove in another run with a single up the middle to make the score 6-2.  Adams got Furcal to ground out, which advanced the runners.  Left-hander Mike Gonzalez was brought out from the bullpen and struck out Schumaker.      

8th: Lance Lynn pitched a perfect frame against Hamilton, Young and Beltre, to put the Cardinals three outs from the World Series Championship.

Gonzalez staying the game, and struck out pinch-hitter Nick Punto (who replaced Lynn) followed by Theriot.  With the count full to Allen Craig, Gonzalez was pulled because of a leg or hamstring injury and was replaced by Alexei Ogando, who finished off inning with a strikeout.

9th: Jason Motte took to the hill to finish off the Rangers, and got Nelson Cruz to fly out, followed by a ground out by Mike Napoli and a flyout by David Murphy.

Jason Motte (Photo: The Canadian Press)


(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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