After being down to their last pitch twice in Game 6, the St. Louis Cardinals finished one of the most amazing World Series comebacks ever – finishing off the Texas Rangers 6-2 in Game 7. The Cardinals win the World Series Trophy with breathtaking heroics in game 6 and a finale of some luck with bad pitching on the Ranger’s part.
Both teams scored two runs in the first inning and were knotted up until Allen Craig his a solo blast in the bottom of the third inning. The Cardinals then took advantage of some bad pitching in the fifth inning when the Rangers’ pitching gave up 2 runs when Albert Pujols was walked in with the bases loaded and then Rafael Furcal was hit by a pitch with the bases still loaded on the hip. Yadier Molina got his second RBI when he singled up the middle in the seventh inning to put the game out of reach from the Texas Rangers.
Clutch hitting and six strong innings from starter Chris Carpenter, were the difference in a game where after the first inning the Rangers could never quite recover from the deficit which helped set the stage for the St. Louis Cardinals’ 11th Major League Baseball World Championship, second only to the New York Yankees’ 27 World Championship titles. David Freese was named World Series MVP with Jason Motte closed out the game in ninth for the Cardinals in a non-close opportunity.
In a Game 7 set up by one of the most thrilling Game 6s in World Series history, the Texas Rangers were twice down to their last strike to win the franchise’s first ever World Championship. This Game 7 was the first World Series Game 7 since 2002.
The World Series Trophy named the Commissioner’s Trophy was awarded to the Cardinals tonight. The trophy is solid sterling silver, weighs in at around 29.8lbs and sports a height of around 24 inches without the bottom base. The Commissioner’s Trophy gives the Cardinals the bragging rights for World Series 2011.
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