The Cardinals were four outs away from tying the World Series. But a two-out Texas Leaguer off the bat of Yankees catcher Jorge Posada tied the game and put the Yankees in position to break Cardinals fans' hearts in extra innings.
The Bronk Bombers won 2-1 and put them only one win away from clinching the Fall Classic.
A rematch of game one starters Adam Wainwright and C.C. Sabathia didn't disappoint as the starters combined to throw 13 shut out innings, allowing a total of six hits. Wainwright threw seven scoreless to Sabathia's six frames and each pitcher scattered three hits.
Right fielder Ryan Ludwick homered with two outs in the seventh inning to give the Cardinals the lead and it looked like the Birds might bust the game open when catcher Yadier Molina blooped a single and then Yankees right fielder St. Louis third baseman Mark DeRosa's fly ball tick off his glove for a two-base error. Shortstop Brendan Ryan was intentionally passed to load the bases and bring Wainwright to the plate.
Cardinals manager Tony La Russa pinch hit with Julio Lugo who smashed a grounder to third base... But Alex Rodriguez handled the ball and pegged Lugo at first for the third out.
Trever Miller came in to pitch in the eighth and got Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter to strike out swining. Centerfielder Johhny Damon singled to center, but it looked like Miller regained control when he whiffed first baseman Mark Teixeira for the second out. But then Rodriguez singled to right center and Posada blooped one over the head of DeRosa to tie the game.
The Cardinals had a couple of baserunners in the eighth when first Albert Pujols and then Matt Holliday walked with two out. But Ludwick popped up to left to end the threat.
Kyle McClellan came in to pitch in the tenth inning after both sides went 1-2-3 in the ninth. And Damon blasted the first pitch he saw into the hitters backdrop in centerfield to five the Yankees a 2-1 lead.
Cardinals centerfield Colby Rasmus walked with two outs to bring Pujols to the plate with a chance to win the game in the bottom of the tenth. But Pujols grounded out hard to first base to end the game.
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