By Matt Snyder
ST. LOUIS -- OK, so if it's true that the first inning sets the tone for the entire series, we're about to be served up a beauty. Ian Kinsler led off the game with an excuse me/tornado-like spinning swing that sent a ball with plenty of english on it to third base deflecting off David Freese's glove and into foul territory for a base hit. Then, Ron Washington stayed true to his word.
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"Whether it's Johnny Bench or whoever is back there, Molina, we're going to run, if the numbers say we can run," the Rangers' manager said before the game. "If the numbers say we can't run, we're not going to run. If the numbers say we can run, we're always going to maximize our lead."
So Kinsler took off for second base during Elvis Andrus' at-bat and was nailed by Molina.
Next, Andrus hit a grounder in the hole between first baseman Albert Pujols and second baseman Nick Punto. Pujols made the stab-and-throw to pitcher Chris Carpenter, but led him by too much. Carpenter made an incredible diving grab while simultaneously touching first base for the out. He narrowly avoided a possible injury, too.
In the bottom half, the Rangers' defense erased a leadoff baserunner with a strong double-play turn.
So, yeah, this looks like it's going to be exciting.
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