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Cardinals Outslug Rangers 16-7 in Power Show

The game temperature in Arlington was easily 30 degrees warmer than either of the games in St. Louis. Naturally, this lead to big offensive outbursts from both teams.  Unfortunately for me, the Cardinals bats (especially that of Albert Pujols) seemed to enjoy the nicer weather a bit more than the Rangers bats.

Matt Harrison started out pretty good.  In fact, I dare say he was coasting until that 4th inning.  In the first three innings, he had allowed just two hits (including a solo home run).  It looked like he was on his way to a long outing similar to the one Colby Lewis turned on Thursday night.  A blown call at first base seemed to rattle him, and he never really recovered.

The Rangers' bullpen seemed to catch the rattled nerves as well.  Scott Feldman and Alexi Ogando didn't look like the pitchers we've loved and trusted so far this postseason.  Feldman gave up three runs on three hits and two walks in 1.1 innings of work.  Ogando gave up four runs while only recording one out.  Not at all what I expected out of those two.

The Rangers' offense sure tried to claw out of the deficit a few times.  After the Cardinals jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the 4th, Texas scored three in their half of the frame.  The Cardinals got three more in the 5th, and the Rangers countered with three of their own.  It felt like the home team was still very much in this, but the bullpen could not record a shutdown inning, and the Rangers couldn't keep up.

To say this game was frustrating to watch is an understatement.  I ran through a myriad of emotions, particularly over the latter innings -- anger, sadness, depression and defeat.  It was ugly.

Most of my frustration tonight was caused by Yorvit Torrealba.  He's in charge of calling the pitches, and look where that got us?  There was no reason to call a high fastball with Albert Pujols at the plate in the 6th inning.  The minute I saw Torrealba's glove position, I knew Pujols was taking it out.  Seriously.  I did.  I don't want to see him catch a game ever again. If you want his bat in the lineup, DH him.  End of story.

 

KISS:  Adrian Beltre.  He was 4 for 5 with one RBI and played some nice defense as well.

MISS:  Ian Kinsler.  He made an error early in the game and then a poor throw  in the 4th inning which preceded a horrible call by the umpire and a huge inning for the Cardinals.  At the plate, he wasn't much better -- 0 for 4 with six left on base.  He had a chance to make a big impact on the game in the 5th with the bases loaded and the team only trailing by two.  But he swung at a horrible first pitch and got behind in the count only to pop out to end the inning.

 

FINAL SCORE

Cardinals :: 16 R, 15 H, 6 TLOB

Rangers :: 7 R, 13 H, 3 E, 8 TLOB

 

Game 4 match-up

@ TEX, 7:05 p.m. CST

Derek Holland (16-5, 3.95 ERA) vs. Edwin Jackson (12-9, 3.79 ERA)

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