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Dutch delivers shutout in Game 4 win

If the true measure of a team is how they bounce back from a bad game, I think my boys just showed the world that they are a force to be reckoned with. 

Game 3 was so hideous.  Poor umpiring, poor defense, poor pitching.  But none of that returned tonight.  Absolutely none of it.  Especially not the pitching.

Holy cow, Derek Lane Holland.  I did not see this coming.  As the Cardinals were mowing down the bullpen on Saturday night, I worried about who would be available tonight.  Thanks for making me look like an idiot, Dutch.  We didn't even need the bullpen. 

8.1 innings pitched. 

2 Hits. 

0 Runs.

2 Walks.

7 Strikeouts.

Absolutely amazing. I wish he could have finished, but after he walked the second batter in the 9th, Wash decided to hand the ball over to Neftali Feliz.  The closer peppered in a little drama, but finished it out.  It was the right decision, and Holland got not one, but two standing ovations (before the 9th and when he came out in the 9th).

I have no other words.  Except these -- I love you, Derek Holland.

I also have great affection for Elvis Andrus, Ian Kinsler and Adrian Beltre, who flashed a little leather behind Dutch's outstanding outing.  He definitely couldn't have done this without them. 

And then there's Mike Napoli.  The Rangers had just one run on the board when he stepped up to bat with two on and one out in the 6th.  The bats had been driving pitches to the warning track all night, but they just weren't going far enough.  Napoli said, "forget the jet stream, I'll do this by myself" and muscled one into the left field seats.  The crowd's chants of "NA-PO-LI" never seemed so appropriate. 

The team and the fans needed a game like this  to wash away the memories of Saturday night's game.  The series is now tied at two games a piece.  This is now a best of three series, and Holland showed us the Rangers aren't going down without a fight.

 

KISS:  Derek Holland.  No competition.

MISS:  Adrian Beltre.  He was fantastic on defense, but he looked pathetic at the plate.  He swung at some absolute garbage and went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts and three left on base.

 

FINAL SCORE

Cardinals :: 0 R, 2 H, 4 TLOB

Rangers :: 4 R, 6 H, 8 TLOB

 

Game 5 match-up

@ TEX, 7:05 p.m. CST

C.J. Wilson (16-7, 2.94 ERA) vs. Chris Carpenter (11-9, 3.45 ERA)

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