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World Series Game 4 Live Blog: Cardinals vs. Rangers

Oct 23, 2011, 11:14 PM EDT

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11:14: Feliz gets Holliday swinging to end it. The Rangers top the Cardinals 4-0 and tie the series at two games apiece. C.J. Wilson will take on Chris Carpenter in Game 5 tomorrow night. We have one heckuva World Series on our hands here, people.

11:11: Pujols skies one to Craig Gentry in center field for the second out. Matt Holliday will try to keep the Cards alive in this one.

11:10: Pujols popped one in foul territory, but neither Moreland or Cruz could catch up to it.

11:08: Uh oh. Feliz walks Allen Craig. Runners on first and second with one away for Albert Pujols.

11:04: Holland issues a one-out walk to Rafael Furcal and that’ll be it. The young left-hander pleaded his case with Ron Washington, but Neftali Feliz will come in to try to finish this one. Holland gets a well-deserved standing ovation from the Arlington faithful as he walks back to the dugout.

11:01: Nick Punto retired on a ground ball to Adrian Beltre. One away.

10:59: Derek Holland, currently at 105 pitches, will try to finish what he started. He’s back out there for the top of the ninth.

10:57: Moreland’s struggles continue, as he grounds into an inning-ending double play. Nicely turned by Punto and Furcal. Last licks coming up for the Cards as the Rangers lead this one 4-0.

10:56: Westbrook got David Murphy to ground out, but issued a walk to Mike Napoli. Runners on first and second with one down for Mitch Moreland.

10:50: Allen Craig misjudges a fly ball in right, resulting in a leadoff single for Nelson Cruz.

10:48: Jake Westbrook on to pitch for the Cardinals in the bottom of the eighth while Skip Schumaker takes over in center field.

10:45: Wow. And he gets Theriot swinging, as well. Holland has allowed just two hits over eight shutout innings while striking out seven and walking just one.

10:44: Two quick outs for Holland. Here’s Ryan Theriot, pinch-hitting for the struggling Jon Jay.

10:41: Interesting. Derek Holland back out there for the top of the eighth.

10:38: Nice job by Boggs. He retired three straight after the leadoff double by Andrus to keep the score 4-0.

10:35: Boggs gets Michael Young swinging for the second out. It’s up to Adrian Beltre to keep the inning alive.

10:33: Zooey Deschanel and her FOX cohorts have left the building. What a shocker.

10:31: Nope. Hamilton lines out to center field. One away for Michael Young.

10:29: Allen Craig comes up empty attempting a diving catch in right, which results in a leadoff double by Elvis Andrus. Let’s see if Josh Hamilton can cash in again.

10:28: Mitchell Boggs remains in the game to begin the bottom of the seventh. Jake Westbrook up in the bullpen for the Cardinals.

10:24: Holland gets Lance Berkman looking on the inside corner to end the inning. Seven shutout innings. What a night for the young left-hander.

10:21: And now Matt Holliday bounces out to Holland. Two away for Berkman, who has both of the Cardinals’ hits tonight.

10:17: Derek Holland retires Pujols on a comebacker to begin the top of the seventh. Now he’ll face Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman.

10:14: Boggs gets Mitch Moreland to ground out and fans Ian Kinsler to end the inning, but the damage is done. 4-0 Rangers as we move to the top of the seventh.

10:09: And Napoli promptly crushes a high fastball from Boggs for a three-run bomb to left. There’s your No. 8 hitter, ladies and gentlemen. 4-0 Rangers.

10:07: The Cardinals stalled long enough so that Mitchell Boggs had enough time to get ready. He’ll come in to face Mike Napoli with runners on first and second and one away.

10:04: Oy. Make that seven walks for Jackson. Time for the hook?

10:02: Nelson Cruz draws a one-out walk. Edwin Jackson has now walked six batters tonight.

9:58: Adrian Beltre fouls a ball off his leg to begin the bottom of the sixth. That’s just what he does. Edwin Jackson is still out there, by the way.

9:55: Allen Craig strikes out swinging for the third out. Holland has thrown 77 pitches over six shutout frames.

9:51: Derek Holland issues a one-out walk to Nick Punto. While Edwin Jackson has been erratic, that was Holland’s first walk of the evening.

9:46: Michael Young flies out to right field to end the inning. Edwin Jackson is now at 94 pitches through five shaky innings of one-run ball. Good chance he’s done for the night.

9:42: Josh Hamilton goes down swinging for the second out of the inning. Big strikeout for Jackson, who is approaching 100 pitches.

9:38: Andrus fails to get the bunt down and then flies out to right for the first out of the inning. No advancement by Kinsler.

9:36: Ugh. Making Elvis Andrus bunt? Don’t like.

9:35: Edwin Jackson issues a leadoff walk to Ian Kinsler, who will no doubt be more careful at first base this time.

9:31: Yadier Molina lines out to Josh Hamilton for the final out of the inning. Make that five shutout innings for Holland.

9:28: Lance Berkman singled to lead off the top of the fifth, but David Freese grounded into a double play.

9:27: Anybody else see Baseball Reference and Rotoworld on that Google “perfect game” commercial? Neat.

9:25: And Edwin Jackson gets Moreland swinging to end the threat. The Rangers have a 1-0 lead going into the top of the fifth.

9:22: After a lengthy at-bat, Napoli draws a walk. Runners on first and second with two outs for the struggling Mitch Moreland.

9:18: Edwin Jackson issues a two-out walk to David Murphy. Here’s No. 8 hitter Mike Napoli. Did I mention he’s batting eighth tonight?

9:15: Jon Jay makes a leaping grab near the center field wall on a fly ball off the bat of Nelson Cruz. Two away.

9:10: Matt Holliday set aside on a grounder to third baseman Adrian Beltre. Derek Holland now has four shutout frames under his belt.

9:08: Albert Pujols pops out to first baseman Mitch Moreland in foul territory for the second out of the fourth. He’s slumping.

9:03: Michael Young skies out near the warning track in distant center field for the final out of the third. It’s 1-0 Rangers as we move to the top of the fourth.

9:01: Tim McCarver: “What are Sprockets?” Classic.

9:00: Dirk doing “The Wash.” Awesome.

8:55: Furcal retired on a comebacker for the final out of the top of the third.

8:53: Very close play on that Jay grounder to Andrus, but it looks like first base umpire Ted Barrett got it right.

8:50: Oh boy. Yadier Molina throws behind the runner and catches Kinsler napping off first base. Inning over.

8:47: Ian Kinsler reaches with a two-out single to left field. Here comes Elvis Andrus, who singled in the first inning.

8:43: Napoli flies out to the warning track in center field. That’s a long first out.

8:41: Eighth place hitter Mike Napoli. That sounds about right.

8:38: Good play by Ian Kinsler to catch up to a ground ball off the bat of Yadier Molina for the final out of the inning. At first it looked like Kinsler was going to eat it, but then he realized a Molina was running.

8:37: Holland goes to the insider corner again to get David Freese looking for the second out. Freese isn’t pleased with home plate umpire Ron Kulpa.

8:34: Lance Berkman goes the opposite way for a double, the first hit of the evening for the Cardinals.

8:32: Matt Holliday rung up on a fastball on the inside corner for the first out.

8:28: So much for that. Murphy put a charge in one, but Matt Holliday tracked it down near the warning track in left for the final out of the bottom of the first. It’s 1-0 Rangers as we move to the top of the second in Arlington.

8:27: Jackson walks Nelson Cruz to load the bases for David Murphy, who was moved up to seventh in the order tonight.

8:23: Adrian Beltre goes down swinging after being fooled badly on a slider. Runners on first and second with two away for Nelson Cruz.

8:21: Michael Young walks on four straight pitches. Just look at that classy stroll down to first base.

8:19: The Rangers strike first courtesy of an RBI double by Josh Hamilton. He turned around on a changeup from Edwin Jackson and yanked it into the right field corner. Andrus scampered home from first base.

8:17: Elvis Andrus singles to left for the first hit of the ballgame. Here comes the ailing Josh Hamilton.

8:15: Ian Kinsler breaks his bat on a groundout to begin the bottom of the first.

8:11: And Pujols is retired on a grounder to Elvis Andrus. It’s a 1-2-3 inning for Derek Holland to get us started.

8:10: Holland gets Allen Craig swinging for the second out. Oh boy, here comes Mr. Pujols.

8:08: Adrian Beltre snags a screaming liner off the bat of Furcal, robbing him of what was likely a leadoff double. One away.

8:07: And we’re off. Rafael Furcal fouls off the first pitch from Derek Holland.

8:03: Are we sure Zooey Deschanel can’t hang around and sing a few more tunes? Or just stand there for a while? Sigh. Anyway, first pitch is a minute or so away, so hang tight.

7:55 p.m. ET: The Cardinals hold a 2-1 advantage over the Rangers in the World Series going into Game 4 tonight in Arlington. We’ll have all the action covered in a live blog, beginning right around first-pitch at 8:05 p.m. ET.

Here are tonight’s lineups and starting pitchers, as mentioned by Drew earlier this afternoon:

1. Rafael Furcal, SS            1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
2. Allen Craig, RF              2. Elvis Andrus, SS
3. Albert Pujols, 1B            3. Josh Hamilton, CF
4. Matt Holliday, LF            4. Michael Young, DH
5. Lance Berkman, DH            5. Adrian Beltre, 3B
6. David Freese, 3B             6. Nelson Cruz, RF
7. Yadier Molina, C             7. David Murphy, LF
8. Jon Jay, CF                  8. Mike Napoli, C
9. Nick Punto, 2B               9. Mitch Moreland, 1B

SP Edwin Jackson, RHP           SP Derek Holland, LHP

Feel free to join the conversation in our comments section. Let’s do this.

  1. nprakash5 - Oct 23, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    Go Rangers!! Go!

  2. halladaysbiceps - Oct 23, 2011 at 8:06 PM

    “I pooped my pants. Yeahhh!!!”

    Just kidding. I’m pulling for the Cards because I’m an NL guy and want this series to be over as quickly as possible so we can get into more Hot Stove talk.

  3. phillyphreak - Oct 23, 2011 at 8:07 PM

    Derrick “Uncle Rico” Holland

    • cur68 - Oct 23, 2011 at 8:11 PM

      Unce Rico v Phat Al. My advice? Give Phat Al his base…

      • cur68 - Oct 23, 2011 at 8:12 PM

        Never mind. 1, 2, 3 Uncle Rico is out of the inning.

    • Glenn - Oct 23, 2011 at 9:53 PM

      As someone who peaked in the 80’s, Uncle Rico just hits a little too close to home – though I am ‘stacheless and not living in a van.

  4. cur68 - Oct 23, 2011 at 8:09 PM

    Drinking game on pro “TLR” is a great manager comments?

  5. cur68 - Oct 23, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    Hammy scores Elvis, like a stud…

  6. phillyphreak - Oct 23, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    Sports hernia be damned!

  7. phillyphreak - Oct 23, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    The Rangers let that slip away….

    • cur68 - Oct 23, 2011 at 8:29 PM

      uh huh…

  8. cur68 - Oct 23, 2011 at 8:32 PM

    That moth playing heck with Matt’s judgement of the zone.

  9. cur68 - Oct 23, 2011 at 8:35 PM

    Far Elvis just broke up Holland’s no hitter. Damn you Fat Elvis. Damn you to heck.

  10. phillyphreak - Oct 23, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    Why is Freese complaining?

    • cur68 - Oct 23, 2011 at 8:37 PM

      Because he’s not classy like Mike Young?

      • phillyphreak - Oct 23, 2011 at 8:38 PM

        Yea. That’s gotta be it.

  11. cur68 - Oct 23, 2011 at 8:38 PM

    Wow. Kins, like a stud….

    • phillyphreak - Oct 23, 2011 at 8:42 PM

      Molina….like a ….slow guy

      • cur68 - Oct 23, 2011 at 8:51 PM

        He’s the fastest Molina in the known world. Among all other Molinas I am aware of he is like lightning.

      • presidentmiraflores - Oct 23, 2011 at 9:18 PM

        I say Alfred Molina beats him in a footrace.

      • cur68 - Oct 23, 2011 at 9:29 PM

        The “All Molina Olympics”; the new sominex.

  12. micker716 - Oct 23, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    Where are the latest Theo Updates?

  13. cur68 - Oct 23, 2011 at 8:48 PM

    Y’know, just above the big yellow “C” before the “.org” behind the left batter’s box, about the 2nd row in is quite a comely lass in a little tank top. Not quite as enthusiastic as the Brewer’s super fan, but not bad. Not bad at all. However, she hasn’t distracted Kinsler too much.

  14. cur68 - Oct 23, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    Yaddi for MVP. Gotta be, unless Pujols has another monster game.

  15. phillyphreak - Oct 23, 2011 at 9:10 PM

    Guesses on what Pujols’ leadership quality will be if goes 0-fer tonight?

    The Rangers are flashin some nice leather.

  16. cur68 - Oct 23, 2011 at 9:10 PM

    Holland looks Carpenter good

  17. cur68 - Oct 23, 2011 at 9:16 PM

    That was a great catch by John Jay. I wonder when Joe & Tim might mention that?

    • D.J. Short - Oct 23, 2011 at 9:20 PM

      Nope. Must talk about the New Girl and Glee.

      • phillyphreak - Oct 23, 2011 at 9:26 PM

        What about the new girl on Glee?

  18. lookatthefarside - Oct 23, 2011 at 9:23 PM

    I can’t wait til tim and joe buck retire.

    • cur68 - Oct 23, 2011 at 9:28 PM

      “tim and joe buck”? When did they get married and is a fruit basket still appropriate for these things?

      • lookatthefarside - Oct 23, 2011 at 10:22 PM

        Joe was the Bride.

  19. cur68 - Oct 23, 2011 at 9:35 PM

    Ok, bets on the LaRussa hook?

    • cur68 - Oct 23, 2011 at 9:41 PM

      This is a much different game with a strike zone over the plate.

    • phillyphreak - Oct 23, 2011 at 9:42 PM

      I’m kinda surprised it hasn’t happened yet…..

      • cur68 - Oct 23, 2011 at 9:50 PM

        We could in fact have a pitching duel here. I;m waiting for Tim & Joe Buck to mention that before I feel certain its what’s happening.

  20. cur68 - Oct 23, 2011 at 9:52 PM

    Holland is leaving his pitches up….

  21. cur68 - Oct 23, 2011 at 9:55 PM

    …but what do I know….

  22. cur68 - Oct 23, 2011 at 10:05 PM

    DJ, you think Edwin Jackson has been shaky, but I see the opposite; he’s had some bad moments but basically he’s gone from trouble to out of trouble pretty consistently. You can’t tell a lot about a guy when things are going well. You can though when they aren’t. So far Jackson has shown some grit. I call pitching duel. Doesn’t matter though. he’s + 105 pitches with more than 6 walks. This game will go to the Boggs soon.

    • phillyphreak - Oct 23, 2011 at 10:08 PM

      I respectfully disagree cur- I don’t think Jackson has been pitching well at all. He’s been hit hard to the track a few times and 7 walks? I’m really surprised the Rangers haven’t scored more runs.

      • cur68 - Oct 23, 2011 at 10:13 PM

        Well…it was as 1 – 0 game. If you can keep them from scoring, you must be pitching well, right? Any how, I’ve always been a bit vague on what exactly constitutes a “pitching duel”. It seems the better the rep of the guy out there, the more likely it gets called a “duel” even if the performance is exactly the same. If Roger Clemens had that line, it was a duel.

      • phillyphreak - Oct 23, 2011 at 10:20 PM

        Maybe. I think anything with low scoring, small leads or ties is characterized as a pitching duel. When the pitching isn’t great why not say it’s a “defensive joust” or “offensive anti-onslaught.” Hmmm…better names are needed..

  23. cur68 - Oct 23, 2011 at 10:10 PM

    Mike Napoli sure like Mitchell Boggs…

  24. thefalcon123 - Oct 23, 2011 at 10:11 PM

    Good job Mitchell Boggs. 300 feet shorter and that would have just been a flyout. Tough luck kid.

  25. cur68 - Oct 23, 2011 at 10:45 PM

    Ok, Ron Kulpa is a nice man…not what I said he was last night when he missed that call.

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