Mike Napoli Texas Rangers

October 25, 2011 by staff 

Mike Napoli Texas Rangers, The Rangers spent most of their time on Monday night intentionally walk almost all who saw the Cardinal. When it came time to move your feet to a livelier pace, which were more than ready.

Mike Napoli hit a two-run double in the eighth inning when the Rangers beat St. Louis 4-2 in Game 5 of the World Series. The Rangers lead the series 3-2 and can win their first title in its history on Wednesday night in Game 6, when the Cardinals right-hander Colby Lewis left-hander Jaime Garcia faces at Busch Stadium.

Texas pitchers tied a World Series record with four intentional walks, three to dangerous Albert Pujols, to prevent possible protests at the entrances third, fifth and seventh. The Cardinals stranded 12 runners and went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position.

The victory went to Darren Oliver, who pitched the eighth inning. Neftali Feliz pitched the ninth for his second save of the World Series and sixth of the postseason.

Feliz made things interesting when Allen Craig hit for Pujols at the plate. Pujols was not walking right now. With a 3-2 count, Feliz struck out Pujols on a line outside and threw Napoli Craig into a double play that set the 51,459 fans at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in delirium.

The tension gauge found in the red zone again as Matt Holliday went Feliz. When Feliz struck out Lance Berkman to end it – the third attack was shin guard Napoli and had to sprint three quarters of the way to first to get the ball before throwing Berkman – the crowd roared for the last time this season.

Michael Young, with the score tied, 2-2, began the attack to win the game with a double loser Octavio Dotel, who struck out Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz intentionally walked before Marc Rzepczynski relief to meet David Murphy, in a matchup lefty-lefty. Murphy earned an infield single that bounced off the body Rzepczynski to load the bases. Napoli followed with a double into the gap in right center field on a 1-1.

Napoli, whose three-run homer in Game 4 provided that the mattress Derek Holland 4-0 victory, has nine RBIs in the World Series and 14 in the postseason.

St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said he wanted the right hand closer Jason Motte to face Napoli, but there was a lack of communication with bullpen coach Derek Lilliquist due to noise from the crowd. Lance Lynn, who was not scheduled to pitch, he rose in his place. So when the Napoli came to the plate, La Russa had no choice but to leave Napoli Rzepczynski face with the bases loaded, because Lynn did not want to pitch.

After double Napoli, Mitch Moreland Rzepczynski struck out for the second out. Once again, La Russa wanted to address Motte Ian Kinsler. When Lynn ran to the mound, La Russa said, “What are you doing here?”

That’s why Lynn La Russa intentionally walk before Kinsler Motte finally found its way to the mound to end the inning.

“There is much noise in this stadium,” said La Russa. “I asked Rzepczynski and Motte, Motte did not hear. I called and said Motte, Lynn heard. Sometimes it gets very hard when some of the bullpens are just among the fans.”

Beltre’s homer pulled to Texas in a 2-2 tie with two outs in the sixth inning, hitting a 0-1 pitch from Chris Carpenter. He fell to one knee in his follow through when hitting the ball 388 feet into the left field seats. It was the Rangers’ second homer of the night, the first coming off the bat of Moreland in the third.

The Cardinals took advantage of the poor location of CJ Wilson and sloppy play by the defense to take a 2-0 lead in the second. Wilson began walking input Holliday. The wild pitch to second base before walking Berkman. David Freese singled to right, but Yadier Molina singled to left to score Holliday. Murphy left fielder dropped the ball three times Berkman went from first to third on the error.

Go Schumacher followed with a grounder Moreland, playing even with the bag. He had the opportunity to throw Berkman, but fumbled the ball before entering first.

Murphy made up for his mistake by ending the second with a diving catch against Nick Punto. When he reached the first point, tried to break the bat over his knee. He did not succeed.

San Luis threatened again in the third cause of poor fielding Wilson. Rafael Furcal sent a guard to the first base side of the mound. Wilson took the ball and made a mix pass that bounced past first for an error as Moreland Furcal went to second. Craig he advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and Wilson Pujols intentionally walked for the first time. The strategy worked as Holliday 5-4-3 double play.

Carpenter, who beat Wilson in Game 1, he sailed through the first two innings. In the third, Moreland drop a 2-0 pitch 424 feet on the top floor on the right. Moreland entered the game hitting .087 (2-for-23) in the postseason.

The Rangers added two hits, a single by Elvis Andrus flair and a single by Josh Hamilton, at the entrance, but could not score the tying run.

Wilson was gone after Freese singled with one out in the sixth. He’s lucky the regular season is 162 games long, because it certainly did not help his value as a free agent to go winless in five starts in the postseason.

Scott Feldman relieved and gave up a single to Molina. Soil Schumaker to first advanced the runners, but Feldman struck out Punto to end the inning.

In the fifth, Wilson Pujols intentionally walked twice. This filled the bases with two outs, but Wilson retired Holliday on a grounder.

Texas pitchers made out in the seventh inning, issuing two intentional walks to keep intact a 2-2 draw. Alexi Ogando, with two outs, issued “third step after Craig was expelled trying to steal second in another miscommunication that took the bat Pujols Pujols hands. Holliday followed with a single to center and went to third on Pujols . When a third, said projection to the house as Holliday followed the second.

Berkman was intentionally walked to load the bases. Ogando ended input and Freese flied out to center.

La Russa did not go into details of why Craig was trying to steal in a game tied with Pujols at the plate. Pujols told reporters in the locker room he called the attack and run by itself, but not swing at the playground.

Pujols is just the third player in World Series history to be intentionally walked three times in a game. Barry Bonds (Game 7, 2002) and Rudy York (Game 5, 1946) are the others.

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