If there was ever a game that was the epitome of Yogi Berra's famous "it ain't over til it's over" quote, it was last night's Game 6. The Cards were down to their last strike twice and rallied each time.
The game itself was pretty sloppy. There were five errors that led to four unearned runs. There were 12 walks - two of which were intentional. Cardinals starting pitcher Jaime Garcia failed to get past the third inning. The Rangers' Nelson Cruz and the Cardinals' Matt Holiday both left the game with injuries.
But in the end, all that matters in the outcome. Not the final score, but the last several innings. With only six outs between them and the end of the season, the Cardinals found themselves down 7-4. With one out remaining in their season, the Cardinals were down 7-5.
After an improbable David Freese two-out, two strike, two run triple in the bottom of the ninth, Rangers' slugger Josh Hamilton hit what seemed to be the final blow, a go ahead, two-run home run in the top of the 10th inning, his first homer of the postseason. But again down to their final strike, Lance Berkman hit an RBI single off of Rangers' reliever Scott Feldman to again tie the game and force the 11th inning.
That set-up David Freese leading off the top of the 11th. A relative unknown to the baseball world before this postseason began. Growing up in the St. Louis-area native has created a hometown hero story. Freese is hitting nearly .400 this postseason, seemingly coming up at the right place in the order to drive in the big runs. And last night was no exception. His 428 foot home run on a 3-2 pitch forced a Game 7.
Unbelievable. Can't wait until Game 7 tonight.
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