2011 World Series Game 6 Freese Saves The Day

freeseThere is rarely one game where it’s so captivating that people that aren’t sports fan are even watching. That was the case in game 6 of 2011 World Series between the Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals with the Rangers who lost in the previous World Series were one win away from winning their 1st World Series in franchise history. In a Game 6 that was originally scheduled the day before but was rained out proved to Cardinal fans that the wait was worth it. The game was a wild back and forth affair with a bunch of errors from both sides. After 6 innings of play the Rangers and Cardinals were tied at 4 as the game got more intense. In the top of the 7th inning the Rangers Adrian Beltran and Nelson Cruz hit back to back home runs collectively and Ian Kinsler knocked in another run to give the Rangers 7-4 lead in the game. The Cardinals were in trouble and the Rangers were looking like a lock for the elusive World Series title. In the bottom of the 8th Cardinals Allen Craig brought some life back to his team with his home run to cut the lead to 7-5. In the bottom of 9th do or die situation for the Cardinals and the Rangers couldn’t be closer to a World Series title. With runners on 1st and 2nd base with two outs Cardinals David Freese who was down 1-2 in the count (down to their last strike)  Rangers closer Neftali Felix’s pitch got hit by David Feese into deep right field and it barely past Cruz’s glove then off the wall for a triple to the tie the game at 7-7 to send to exta innings as Busch stadium went crazy . In the top of the 10th the Rangers star Josh Hamilton put Texas back up 9-7 with two run home run that was absolutely crushed and it again appeared Rangers were going to win the World Series. In the bottom of the 10th inning again the Cardinals had their backs against the wall and again they responded. Cardinals got back to back singles from Daniel Descalso and Jon Jay then a sac bunt got them into scoring position. Descalso would come in to score and the Cardinals were down by only one run 9-8.  Later in the inning with runners on 1st and 2nd base and Cardinals down to their last strike once again. Cardinals Lance Berkman singled to center field to tie the game again at 9-9 extended this thriller of a game. With David Freese who the tied the game in the bottom of the 9th would lead off in the bottom of the 11th. It was a full count 3-2 and Rangers Mark Lowe threw a pitch that was smacked by Freese into the center field grass for a walk off home run that send the series to a Game 7 for the first time since 2002. It was the first time in the World Series that a team came back from being down in 9th and 10th inning. Some called it the greatest game ever played including ESPN senior baseball analyst Buster Olney. The Cardinals would go on to win game 7 the next night 6-2 to win their 11th World Series in franchise history.

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