For the 11th time in franchise history, the Saint Louis Cardinals are World Series champions. On Friday night at Busch Stadium, Allen Craig hit a third inning home run as the Cardinals defeated the Texas Rangers 6-2 to win the World Series 4-3.
Cardinals’ starting pitcher Chris Carpenter threw six complete innings, giving up two earned runs, five strikeouts, six hits and two walks. He then handed it over to the bullpen where Arthur Rhodes, Octavio Dotel, Lance Lynn and Jason Motte threw three shutout innings of relief.
Another major reason for the Cardinals’ victory was the poor control of the Rangers’ pitching staff. Texas pitchers combined for six walks and two hit batsmen. In one inning the Cardinals scored two runs without even getting a single hit.
Cardinals’ third baseman David Freese was named World Series MVP after hitting .348, a home run and a triple in game six, two doubles and seven runs batted in.
But this story was much more than the Cardinals winning the World Series. Don’t forget. They were once down by 10.5 games back of the Atlanta Braves for the National League Wildcard position in August. They clawed their way back into the playoff hunt by going 18-8 in September, while the Braves went 9-18.
This was the third World Series for manager Tony La Russa who previously won in 1989 with Oakland and 2006 with St. Louis.