The Rangers made a memorable ninth-inning comeback, tying this World Series at one game apiece. Texas scored two runs in the top of the ninth to take the lead and then held on in the bottom half. The Rangers manufactured the two runs to get the victory in dramatic fashion. Some quick thoughts:
Kinsler with gutsy steal: Ian Kinsler led off the ninth with a bloop single and then stole second base with Andrus looking to bunt him over. Kinsler was safe on a close play, putting him in scoring position with no outs. Andrus singled on a two-strike count and when the Cardinals’ throw wasn’t cut off, Andrus took second. That was big in that he was able to eventually score from third later in the inning.
Young, Hamilton come through: Michael Young and Josh Hamilton, two Rangers struggling to get something going this postseason, did what the game asked them do to with sacrifice flies off closer Jason Motte.
Phenomenal pitching: So much for the “offensive” World Series. At least through two games. Both starting pitchers were excellent in Game 2. Lewis had the second quality start for the Rangers this postseason—and he has both of them. He gave up one run (surrendered by Ogando in the seventh) on four hits in 6 2/3 innings. Jaime Garcia was great as well, allowing no runs on three hits in seven innings with a walk and seven strikeouts.
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