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What If... World Series game six

The Cardinals forced a seventh game in the imaginary alternate World Series played on What If Sports' baseball simulator.

Joel Pineiro allowed only two hits over six innings at Yankee Stadium to lead the Birds to a 7-3 win and force a deciding game seven.

After the Cardinals made some noise in the first but failed to score, catcher Yadier Molina led off the second inning by getting hit with an Andy Pettitte offering. Before the bruise could even appear, third baseman Mark DeRosa stepped to the dish and launched a two-run shot to the opposite field to get St. Louis on the board first.

The Cardinals added a run in the third to make it 3-0 when centerfielder Colby Rasmus led off with a single. First baseman Albert Pujols popped out to left and left fielder Matt Holliday struck out looking to leave Rasmus still standing on first with two outs. But Molina doubled into the right center gap to drive the rookie speedster all the way around the bases.

In the fourth, St. Louis scored another run when Brendan Ryan led off with a walk and stole second. Yankee Catcher Jorge Posada's throw went into center to let Ryan move to third. He scored when Brian Barden hit a sacrifice fly. Right fielder Nick Swisher made a great throw. but Ryan was able to hook slide around the tag to make it 4-0.

The Yankees got their first hit in the bottom of the inning when third baseman Alex Rodriguez blooped a double down the left field line following first baseman Mark Texiera's walk. But Pineiro got DH Hideki Matsui to pop out to left and Posada struck out to end the inning with no damage done.

In the sixth inning, New York left fielder Johnny Damon homered off the left field foul pole to make the score 4-1 and in the seventh Swisher hit a two-run dinger to right center to chase Pineiro and make the score 4-3.

But the Cardinals were able to take momentum back in the top of the eighth. DeRosa blooped a singled to center and moved to second on a wild pitch by Yankees reliever Phil Coke. Ryan then smashed a double to left center to make it 5-3. Before Ryan could catch his breath, Barden hit a long fly ball that just crawled over the left field wall to restore the four-run lead at 7-3.

The Yankees put two men on in the bottom of the eighth with no one out. But Kyle McClellan came in from the bullpen to whiff Teixeira, Rodriguez and Matsui to get out of the frame unscathed.

2009 Cardinals  7  12  0

2009 Yankees    3   5   1

WP Pineiro

LP Pettitte

Series tied 3-3.