Craig’s pinch-hit RBI single lifts Cards past Rangers

With the temperatures in the forties, the St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers kicked off what could be one of the most exiting World Series’ in recent memory.

The best of seven series began in St. Louis and the home team didn’t disappoint. Calling upon their ace, Chris Carpenter, the Cardinals received a great six-inning, 87-pitch performance from the 36-year-old right-hander.

The Cardinals signature starter turned Tuesday night’s opener into a masterpiece. Finding himself behind in the count on numerous occasions, Carpenter weaved his way out of trouble, exiting for a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning with a 2-2 game.

Manager Tony La Russa inserted Allen Craig into the game to face one of Texas’ most dominant relievers, Alexi Ogando. Craig fell behind on two fastballs before connecting on another that just got under the outstretched glove of right fielder Nelson Cruz, scoring third baseman David Freese and giving the home team a 3-2 lead.

With three innings to work with, La Russa leaned on his bullpen, which has been virtually unhittable this postseason. The combination of right-handers Fernando Salas, Octavio Dotel, Jason Motte and left-handers Arthur Rhodes and Marc Rzepczynski, worked the final nine outs, preserving the important initial win of the series.

 

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