POSTED: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 10:52pm
UPDATED: Friday, October 28, 2011 - 1:42pm
Twice the Rangers were one pitch away from clinching their first World Series title in franchise history but twice the Cardinals tied the game with two outs. Then in the bottom of the 11th, David Freese hit a walk-off homerun to center field to win 10-9 and force a decisive game 7 Friday night.
Things had looked just about over twice already when Freese came to bat in the bottom of the 11th. In the bottom of the ninth he'd tripled in two runs to tie the game and send the Cardinals to an inexplicable 10th inning, at which point Rangers star Josh Hamilton hit a beautiful pitch from Jason Motte into the stands to make it 9-7. In the bottom of the 10th the Cardinals somehow did it again, with Lance Berkman driving in a run on a 2-2 pitch after the Rangers intentionally walked Albert Pujols. In the 11th David Freese led off, worked the count to 3-1, and hit an enormous home run to center field to keep the Cardinals alive.