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Lewis Muffles Cardinals' Bats, Rangers Rally in 9th to Knot World Series at 1

Raise your hand if you expected a pitcher's duel between Colby Lewis and Jaime Garcia.

I doubt there are many hands up. 

Mine certainly isn't. 

I hoped and prayed the Colby Lewis from 2010 Postseason would show up, but he exceeded my expectations tonight.  He was one out shy of seven shutout innings, giving up just four hits and striking out four.  The one run that scored should have been unearned after Michael Young misplayed a ball hit to him in the 7th. Up until then, the defense helped Lewis a lot with beautiful double plays.  Adrian Beltre was Adrian Beltre, and Elvis Andrus and Ian Kinsler were amazing up the middle, but Lewis definitely deserves some credit. 

And he didn't deserve a loss, but thanks to the absent offense, that's what he almost got.

For the second night in a row, the Rangers could not get anything going.  Through eight innings, they had three hits.  All singles.  One walk.  Jaime Garcia is a decent pitcher, but he had plenty of help tonight with the way Texas was hacking.  Beltre swung at some of the worst pitches.  I won't even talk about Josh Hamilton's at bats.  Clearly, he's injured, and I'm not convinced he needs to be in the lineup right now.  I don't think he's helping the team.  But Ron Washington will never bench him.  Ever. 

Especially not after the 9th inning, when the offense woke up and Hamilton proved he can still be useful ... even when his swing is all upper body due to that nagging groin injury.  Kinsler started the inning with a lead-off bloop single.  Andrus followed with a single of his own, and then advanced to second on a wild throw.  St. Louis' closer, Jason Mott, was done for the night, and Hamilton got a rematch with Arthur Rhodes.  Last night, Hamilton lost.  Tonight, he won.  A sac fly pushed Kinsler home and Andrus to third.  Andrus then scored on a Young sac fly as the Rangers took the lead for the first time in the series.

Neftali Feliz finished the game by striking out the side, but now without a little drama first.  He walked Yadier Molina and in a baffling move, Tony LaRussa sent Gerald Laird out to pinch run.  Read that again.  GERALD LAIRD WAS SENT IN TO PINCH RUN IN THE WORLD SERIES.  But he didn't have a chance or a need to actually run.  Feliz shut that down.

Ballgame.

Hello win column.

Let's go home.

 

KISS:  Colby Lewis.  Easily. He was the only one worth writing about tonight.

MISS: Nelson Cruz and Mike Napoli (who were red hot in the ALCS) were a combined 0 for 6 with two strikeouts. 

 

FINAL SCORE

Rangers :: 2 R, 5 H, 1 E, 3 TLOB

Cardinals :: 1 R, 6 H, 9 TLOB

 

Game 3 match-up

@ TEX, 7:05 p.m. CST

Matt Harrison (14-9, 3.39 ERA) vs. Kyle Lohse (14-8, 3.39 ERA)

 

The series is now tied 1-1.

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