World Series 2011 Game Three: Long Live The King
On Saturday, October 22nd, “King Albert” Pujols stopped by the Ballpark in Arlington on his way to Cooperstown. He decided to show the fans why he has no equal in the game today–5 hits, 3 homeruns, 6 RBI’s, and 4 runs!
Game 3 of the World Series 2011 almost made a mockery of the MLB championships. The Cardinals brought out the whuppin’ sticks and shredded the Texas Rangers baseball club into oblivion. The score was 16-7, but seemed worse.
This game represented the first time in Series’ history that any team scored multi-run totals in 4 consecutive innings. It also was the 10th consecutive postseason game in which a team, the Cardinals, has scored first. The 4th and 5th inning run totals for both teams totaled 13, the highest 2 consecutive inning combined total since the Philadelphia Athletics and the Chicago Cubs in 1929.
Pujols’ 3 home runs in the game tied Reggie Jackson’s total in a 1977 Series game and the legendary Babe Ruth in single games in the 1926 and 1928 Series. Jackson and Ruth both played for the New York Yankees.
The first and only all-St. Louis World Series was in 1944. It was only the second Series (the first was during the 1922 World Series) to be played entirely in the same ballpark.
Allen Craig’s home run in the first inning off Rangers’ starter, lefty Matt Harrison, made it an RBI in each of his first 3 World Series at bats, the first player to do so since slugger Ted Kluszewski did it for the 1959 Chicago White Sox. And, the amazing David Freese got hits in his 13th consecutive postseason contest.
The record for consecutive hits in World Series play is held by New York Yankees great, right fielder Hank Bauer, with 17. Bauer was a solid player both on offense and defense, a clutch performer who played on the winning Yankee Teams of the late 1940s and 1950s. He was a highly decorated U. S. Marine, who enlisted right after Pearl Harbor and served with valor during World War II, earning 2 Bronze Stars and 2 Purple Hearts. He joined the Yankees following the war, infusing the club with a toughness that helped carry it to 5 consecutive World Series titles, a feat never matched before or since. Bauer won 7 Series as a Yankee player and 1 as manager of the Baltimore Orioles in 1966. Hall Of Fame manager, Earl Weaver, was one of his coaches. It seems fitting that the ol’ Marine holds such an amazing postseason record.
As for the Rangers, well–they didn’t pitch well or field well. Errors by Ian Kinsler, Elvis Andrus and Mike Napoli contributed to 3 unearned runs, and it went downhill from there. It didn’t seem to matter much that 1B umpire Ron Kulpa, normally an excellent arbiter, clearly missed a call that went against the Rangers. And, the 6 walks issued by the Texas pitchers helped seal their fate.
1968 has often been referred to as “the year of the pitcher” and Game 1 of the World Series saw Denny McLain of the Detroit Tigers, a thirty-one game winner face Bob Gibson of the St. Louis Cardinals, who sported a 1.12 ERA during the regular season.
On Sunday, October 23rd, the Cardinals will send right-hander Edwin Jackson to the mound to try and put the Cards in a commanding 3 games to 1 lead. The Rangers will counter with talented lefty Derek Holland. This game, again, will come down to which pitcher has command of his pitches. Give, believe it or not, a slight edge to the home town Rangers.
Let’s hope it’s a great game!
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