28 Oct

seventh heaven

Maybe the best thing about Game 6, which will go down as one of the most exciting World Series games ever, is that it sends us to a Game 7. Nothing like a Game 7. Former Mississippi Braves standout Matt Harrison will get the start for Texas; it’s only the biggest game of his life. Mississippi State alumnus Mitch Moreland, the lefty-hitting first baseman, might get a start tonight, too, with St. Louis throwing right-hander Chris Carpenter. It’ll be interesting to see where the Rangers’ heads are. As Texas pitcher Derek Holland said in a postgame TV interview, “The mood swings were ridiculous.” And the Rangers, so tantalizingly close to the championship, came out on the wrong end of the 10-9, 11-inning contest. The Cardinals, on the other hand, should be pumped. They were one strike away from losing the Series in the ninth; former Ole Miss hurler Lance Lynn, rocked for two homers in Texas’ three-run seventh, stood to get the loss. Then David Freese tripled to tie it. Again in the 10th, the Cards were one strike away from being done when former Jackson Generals star Lance Berkman, who’s having a tremendous postseason (.435 in the Series alone), swatted a game-tying single. Then Mr. Freese strikes again with a homer in the 11th. Game 7 is on.

Mike Christensen

Mike Christensen

A long-time sports fan and 30-year newspaper veteran muses on all things baseball in Mississippi. Contact: mwchristens@gmail.com
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