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Cardinals Hold Rangers in Game 1

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Tony La Russa made the smart moves in the opening game of the World Series

Pinch-hitter Allen Craig's 6th-inning RBI gave the Cards a 3-2 lead over the Texas Rangers and the St. Louis bullpen made it stick.

Like chess in many baseball games it is difficult to identify the specific moves that resulted in vicotry. In Game 1 of the World Series, Tony La Russa, the manager for the Cardinals, made the right move. Perhaps it was his history of identifying patterns that resulted in a calculated play from one of the smartest managers in the league or perhaps it was fate.

Either way St. Louis came out on top. They carefully protected a lead run scored off of the bat of pinch-hitter Allen Craig's in the 6th inning by using a number of relievers to carry them to a final to a 3-2 victory against the Texas Rangers.

C.J. Wilson started for Texas and struggled early. Five of his first six pitches were balls. He walked batters in each of the first 2 innings and gave up a single to start the third. To his credit he did not allow any of these runners passed first base.

The game changed in the 4th inning when he hit Albert Pujols on the foot and then gave up a double to Matt Holliday. Lance Berkman, the six time all star, then hit a single and both runners scored.

The Cardinals' Chris Carpenter started the game slowly for the Cards. Ian Kinsler grounded a single off of third baseman David Freese in the first inning. Adrian Beltre then lined a double past Freese in the second. Carpenter avoided trouble as Kinsler was caught trying to steal. Mike Napoli hit into a double play that ended the second.

Carpenter was far from being "the zone" as he fell behind 5 of the first 6 Ranger's hitters during the first 2 innings. He then however retired 6 batters in-order to close out the 3rd and 4th innings. At the start of the 5th Beltre hit a single off of him and after one out Napoli drove a pitch into the right field bleachers. The score was then tied 2-2.

An inning later after Wilson intentionally walked Nick Punto with two out La Russa pulled Carpenter for a pinch-hitter. Washington reacted and went to his bullpen for the right-hander Alexi Ogando.

The game went La Russa's way when Allen Craig sliced a drive to right field, just inside the foul line, that scored David Freese, who was on third.

From there the bullpens took over. Four Rangers relievers kept the Cardinals off the scoreboard however the Rangers weren't able to take advantage. The Cardinals relievers performed even bettter as they held Texas to one hit in the last three innings and stuck their 3 to 2 victory over the Rangers.

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