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Holland, Rangers dominate Cardinals in Game 4

Posted on: October 23, 2011 11:15 pm
Edited on: October 24, 2011 3:07 am

By Matt Snyder

ARLINGTON, Texas -- We're tied once again, and this World Series appears headed for seven games. The Texas Rangers took Game 4 Sunday night, 4-0, behind a big-time pitching performance.

Hero: Derek Holland needed to dig deep and give the Rangers a big outing. He did so and then some. It's pretty unlikely even Holland himself expected to be so dominant. He threw 8 1/3 innings of shutout ball. The last time an AL pitcher threw a complete-game shutout in a World Series was Jack Morris in his famed 1991 outing. Holland couldn't complete the thing, but he only allowed two hits and two walks with seven strikeouts. He looked just like the guy who threw three shutouts in the span of five starts in July.

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Goat: Edwin Jackson is an easy target, but you have to say the Cardinals would take him working 5 1/3 innings and allowing three runs -- especially with how poorly Holland had been pitching lately. Nope, the main problem in this game for the Cardinals was getting shut down by a pitcher who had an 8.45 ERA in two ALCS starts. Plus, he's a lefty and the Cardinals were nearly all-right-handed. Coming off a 16-run performance, they needed more offense than this. Berkman was the only Cardinals player to get a hit off Holland (he had two).

Turning point: Josh Hamilton's RBI double in the first inning. The Rangers had the momentum all game after the back-to-back hits (Elvis Andrus singled to start it) and never let go.

It was over when ... Mike Napoli came through with a thunderous three-run home run off Mitchell Boggs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Up to that point, the Rangers were in the driver's seat, but also failed to plate several baserunners. The way Holland was pitching, a 4-0 lead may as well have been 14-0.

Next: One more time, we'll see a first pitch at 7:05 p.m. CT in Rangers Ballpark. This time it's for Game 5 of the World Series, and it will be the last baseball game here this season. C.J. Wilson will get ball for Texas, while Chris Carpenter gets the nod for St. Louis. It's a rematch of Game 1, which the Cardinals won 3-2. But this is a totally different venue, and is much tougher on pitchers.

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Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: October 24, 2011 12:32 am

Holland, Rangers dominate Cardinals in Game 4

lol ya i'am not a fan of the dirty sanchez, but since he's started growing it he's thrown some good lights out baseball!

Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: October 24, 2011 12:09 am

Holland, Rangers dominate Cardinals in Game 4

What a game.  Holland was about as good as anybody could have been.   He changed up pitches and locations very well.  He kept the Cardinals off balance all night.  Now let's focus on the real issue.  His Pedro-ish (Napolean Dynomite) mustache.  How old is this kid 14?  Seriously though, what a game.  Looking forward to the next 3!

Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: October 24, 2011 12:07 am

Holland, Rangers dominate Cardinals in Game 4

ya it sure is funny! it was a bad pitching performance the other day and thats just the facts!!! dirty sanchez dealt us a stunning performance tonight! take that you cardinal trolls!!!

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