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Rangers win a wild Game 5, lead World Series 3-2

Posted on: October 24, 2011 11:40 pm
 
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Game 5 is where it's decided, right?

That's how it feels, when you go through four games and the World Series is tied. Game 5 is where it turns.

And that means this World Series just turned in favor of the Rangers, who beat the Cardinals in Monday night's Game 5 to take a three games to two lead.

That means it just turned in favor of Mike Napoli, whose two-run double broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning. It just turned in favor of Adrian Beltre, whose home run off Chris Carpenter tied the game in the sixth.

And it just turned in favor of Ron Washington, the Rangers manager who announced Monday afternoon that "I'm not as dumb as people think I am."

Washington's decision to break up the left-handed hitters at the bottom of his lineup got him the eighth-inning matchup of Napoli against Cardinals left-hander Marc Rzepczynski.

It got him a Game 5 win, which means everything.

Except when it doesn't.

Six of the last nine times a World Series was tied at two wins apiece, the team that lost Game 5 went on to win the title.

Overall, the numbers say just what you'd think, because 27 of 42 times that a World Series was tied 2-2 (65.9 percent), the team that won Game 5 won the title.

Whatever you think it means, the Rangers are now within one win of their first World Series title.

They got there, in part, by not letting Albert Pujols beat them in Game 5. And they did that, in large part, because Washington ordered him intentionally walked him three times.

The only other players to be intentionally walked three times in a World Series game were Barry Bonds, in Game 4 in 2002, and Rudy York, in Game 5 in 1946.

Bonds' Giants and York's Red Sox won those games.

Each of Pujols' intentional walks led to the Cardinals not scoring in the inning, in part because Matt Holliday's struggles continued. Holliday grounded into an inning-ending double play in the third, and also grounded out when Washington put Pujols on first to load the bases with two out in the fifth.

Then, in the seventh inning, Allen Craig was thrown out trying to steal, presumably after misreading a sign. Washington followed that by intentionally walking Pujols with two out and the bases empty.

Washington walked the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera with the bases empty in the American League Championship Series, in the inning that ended with Nelson Cruz's great throw to the plate.


Comments

Since: Oct 21, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2011 7:34 am
 

Rangers win a wild Game 5, lead World Series 3-2

Has anyone noticed that through 5 games, the Rangers and Mavs have been identical in the Ws and Ls during their championship series? Split on the road (including a come from behind in game 2), lose game 3 at home, then win the next 2 at home.



Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: October 25, 2011 10:19 am
 

Rangers win a wild Game 5, lead World Series 3-2

I was there last night and you have to give credit to the crowd because we were loud and proud! 

Another great game in a classic World Series.  Let's hope the Rangers finish this Wednesday night!

It's NAPTOBER in Arlington!!!!!!!

BOOMSTICK!

Let's Go Rangers!



Since: May 6, 2011
Posted on: October 25, 2011 1:57 am
 

Rangers win a wild Game 5, lead World Series 3-2

Enough with the CJ bashing. He fought his way through with minimal run support in the early innings. He kept it close and pitched out of his jams. These are big time hitters.... anybody remember game 3? CJ will probably be gone next year and we'll wish we had him back.



Since: Jan 13, 2008
Posted on: October 25, 2011 1:12 am
 

Rangers win a wild Game 5, lead World Series 3-2

Hey the Rangers are a good team , and if the Rangers win the world series they deserve it , But the cards play in game five was pathetic . the cards needs to go back to the basics , this is the worse hitting with runners in scoring position I've ever seen before. but again good job Rangers. From a down and out cards fan.



Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: October 25, 2011 12:50 am
 

Rangers win a wild Game 5, lead World Series 3-2

agreed 100% best world series i have seen in a long, long time!!! Obviously its better because the Rangers are in it, but almost every game has hinged on one pitch or one play made or not made!!! My emotions have gotten the better of me!  Nobody texst me or calls when my boys are playing!  GO RANGERS! FINISH IT OFF WED NIGHT!  



Since: Jul 7, 2011
Posted on: October 25, 2011 12:47 am
 

Rangers win a wild Game 5, lead World Series 3-2

Good job all around here to both teams. This game has continued the trend I was hoping for - hard fought and hard won. This has been the most enjoyable series to watch, especially with NA-PO-LI!!! LaRussa seemed to get worried and made some decisions that seem questionable, but anything can still happen THIS IS THE WORLD SERIES GO RANGERS.



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: October 25, 2011 12:18 am
 

Rangers win a wild Game 5, lead World Series 3-2

Hard to believe the Rangers got Mike Napoli for Frankie Francisco!  What a steal and thanks to the idiot that did it :))

Lets go Rangers!!!!!




Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: October 25, 2011 12:01 am
 

Rangers win a wild Game 5, lead World Series 3-2

ya those DP'S def helped us but i really don't understand the 2 botched hit and runs?!! it didn't work the first time so you would've thought larussa woudn't go for it again! but nope he did and he paid for it!! napoli has just been a beast!! 


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Since: Oct 18, 2009
Posted on: October 24, 2011 11:56 pm
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