Found October 19, 2011 on
The Cardinals beat the Rangers 3-2 in game one of the 2011 World Series. The difference in the game turned out to be the walks. The Rangers pitchers walked six batters, all by C.J. Wilson. The last one, in the sixth inning, brought up Allen Craig to pinch hit, and he delivered the game winning RBI. Wilson failed to go after Nick Punto, a career .249 hitter, and it cost the Rangers the game.
Once again, both bullpens pitched well. The Cardinals allowed one hit and one walk while striking out three in three innings of work. Texas allowed two hits while striking out one in 2 1/3 innings of work. Of course, they did allow the hit that drove in the winning run.
The Cardinals need to win the games pitched by Chris Carpenter and Jaime Garcia, and they did just that tonight as Chris went six innings for the win. Garcia starts Thursday against Colby Lewis.
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The more Allen Craig hits, the more the question bubbles up for the Cardinals. Where exactly is he going to play next year?
Oh my gosh it's World Series time. Finally. Those two days without baseball sucked.
C.J. Wilson and the Texas Rangers are already in St. Louis getting all geared up for Game 1 against Chris Carpenter and the Cardinals tonight at 8:05pm ET on FOX.
You know, something about C.J. bothers me. I can't quite put my finger on it, but I never have trusted a man who doesn...
The coolest person at the World Series is C.J. Wilson.
The Texas Rangers pitcher chilled out as he prepared to face the St. Louis Cardinals in Wednesday night's opener. He spent 2 1/2 minutes in a Dallas cryotherapy chamber, where liquid nitrogen lowered the temperature to a frosty 295 degrees below zero in an effort to speed body recovery.
''So 35 degrees should be...
Texas Rangers starting pitcher C.J. Wilson goes through a chilling preparation for Game 1 of the World Series against the Cardinals.
Coming off the bench, Allen Craig smacked a go-ahead RBI single in the sixth inning, and the Cardinals took that slimmest of margins and made it seem fat, nursing it to a 3-2 victory and an early World Series edge.
C.J. Wilson's terrible postseason continued last night.
While it wasn't his worst start of the playoffs, he wasn't able to give the Rangers the elusive quality start that has become their white whale this postseason and he walked six batters. The most painful of those batters was Nick Punto, a player whose skills with the bat are such that he should be unintentionally...
Texas manager Ron Washington joked about not being able to match wits with Tony La Russa. No joke. Who can, these days? The St. Louis boss looked like a genius once again, especially when Allen Craig pinch-hit for ace Chris Carpenter and delivered a go-ahead single Wednesday night that sent the Cardinals past the Texas Rangers 3-2 in Game 1 of the World Series.
For the second straight night, Alexi Ogando came in for the Rangers, and the Cardinals countered with Allen Craig. And for the second straight night, Craig got the best of Ogando.
Nobody plays a hunch like Tony La Russa. Not this October, anyway.
The St. Louis manager once again looked like a genius, especially when Allen Craig pinch-hit for ace Chris Carpenter and delivered a go-ahead single that sent the Cardinals past the Texas Rangers 3-2 on Wednesday night in the World Series opener.
Craig's slicing hit in the sixth inning fell inches front of sliding...
After dropping Game 1, Rangers manager Ron Washington defended his choice to use Esteban German instead of Yorvit Torrealba in a pinch-hitting situation and also said he wanted C.J. Wilson to go after Nick Punto in a critical sixth-inning situation.