Friday, October 21, 2011

Game 2 World Series: Rangers vs Cardinals

The 2011 World Series: Cardinals vs Rangers

Game 2, October 20, Busch Stadium, Saint Louis

The weather got a little better, so I took a walk to look at the sites on the afternoon before game 2.
Plus a suprise visitor is flying in for game 2.

Old Man River
It is Mr. Chicago, Gregg Fleisher.
We immediately went to eat at Charlie Gitto's.
On the walk to Busch Stadium, we encountered the Saint Louis version of "Occupy Wall Street"

Gregg and I walked around the stadium, spoke to a number of sellers of tickets, bought a pair and headed into the ball park.  Great seats, 10 feet from the foul line between 3rd base and the foul pole.
Ranger pitchers walking from the dugout to the bullpen.

View from our seats toward home plate.  Neither team scored until the 7th inning.
This is the top of the fourth inning.  Ian Kinsler, #5, is on 3rd base (Michael Young just singled and is on first base with two outs).  Adrian Beltre is the batter, but he (like the Mighty Casey) struck out.
This is the Cardinals' mascot Redbird with a couple of friends trying to shoot a t-shirt into the crowd.

Josh Hamilton in left field
The Cardinals scored 1 in the bottom of the 7th to lead 1-0.  The Rangers did not score in the 8th, but posed a threat in the top of the 9th.  These are Cardinal fans in left field cheering on their team.
The ninth inning started with Cardinals bringing in their star late inning pitcher, Jason Motte.  He had faced 28 batters in 8 playoff games and had only given up one hit and no walks.

The first batter, Ian Kinsler, hit a lazy fly ball that fell in for a single in front of the left fielder and just over the outstretched hands of Cardinal shortstop.
Then Ian Kinsler stole 2nd base (barely).

 Then Elvis Andrus got a base hit, Kinsler was held at third base, but the throw from the outfielder was mishandled and Andrus went to second.
This is a view at that time into the Rangers dugout from out seats.

The Cardinals, in a controversial move, replaced Motte with pitcher Rhodes.  Josh Hamilton hit a sacrifice fly to score Kinsler and Elvis Andrus moved from 2nd to 3rd.  The Cardinals changed pitchers again replacing Rhodes with Lynn.  Michael Young came up to bat and hit another sacrifice fly that scored Andrus and gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead.  The Cardinals did not score in the bottom of the 9th and the Rangers won game 2 of the World Series 2-1, and they celebrated.

World Series tied 1 game each.  Next games begin on Saturday in Texas

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