World Series game seven Friday after Cards' epic win | Print |
Written by Andrea Hall   
Friday, 28 October 2011 12:26

It all comes down to one game.

Wednesday night was a back-and-forth battle over eleven innings for the Rangers and Cardinals in game six of the fall classic.

In the end it was the Cards’ hometown boy that pulled through with a solo shot, forcing the first World Series game seven in eight years.

"People always say why as a Canadian do you like baseball better than hockey," Bob Elliott, Toronto Sun baseball columnist told "Well that's [Thursday night's game] why."

David Freese hit a walk-off homerun, playing hero for the second time after his two-run triple in the bottom of the ninth pushed the game into extra innings.

"The guy who made the most embarassing error of the game," said Elliott, who has been covering Major League Baseball for over 30 years. "It's a game of redemption."

Earlier in the game Freese dropped an easy ball at third, allowing the Rangers’ Josh Hamilton to reach first and eventually come around to score.

“It was incredible,” Freese said in an interview with Fox Sports after the game. “I was just glad I had a chance after looking like an idiot on that popup.”

Texas led the series 3-2 heading into last night, and a win would have given them their first championship in franchise history.

Errors abounded for both teams, with only 15 of 19 runs scoring as earned.

"It was bad for about three or four innings, it was like an ugly duckling," Elliott said. "I've never seen that before." 

Despite the finality of tonight's game, Elliott says it will be tough to match the excitement of Thursday night's clash.

He said he expects the hometown Cardinals to come out on top.

"I picked St. Louis before it started so I guess I have to stick with them," Elliott said.

Matt Harrison will take the mound for Texas tonight, facing an as-of-yet unnamed starter for the Cardinals. It's expected St. Louis ace Chris Carpenter will get the call. Game time is 8:05 ET.

Video taken by a fan at Thursday's game of Freese's walkoff homerun.

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