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Usually, cut fastballs break in off the inside corner and bore in on the hands. You’ve got to be pretty good to command it on both sides. Mariano Rivera, for example, does a great job throwing his cutter to both sides of the plate.

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Freese lined out to right field for the second out in the fourth. The more you watch Freese hit, the more impressive he is. Tough at-bats, keeps his front side closed, very quick hands, power to the opposite field.

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Mitch Moreland, right on cue.

Fox color man Tim McCarver had just finished saying that Moreland has some serious pop, even though he hadn’t shown it this postseason, when Moreland drove a 2-0 pitch from Carpenter into the second deck in right field to cut Texas’ deficit to 2-1 in the third inning.

Before that, Moreland was 2 for 23 (.087) in the postseason. He did have 16 homers during the regular season.

Carpenter was mad at himself for not getting the ball down.

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Two walks by Wilson and then some shaky defense hurts the Rangers again.

Wilson walked Holliday and Lance Berkman to start the second inning, also throwing a wild pitch that allowed Holliday to reach second with some aggressive baserunning.

Yadier Molina hit an RBI single and David Murphy bobbled the ball in left field for an error that let Berkman go to third.

That was costly. Skip Schumaker, making his first World Series start, followed with a grounder to first. Moreland might have had a shot to get Berkman at the plate, but he dropped the ball for a moment before stepping on the bag. Berkman scored to give St. Louis a 2-0 lead.

Murphy made a diving catch on Punto’s humpback liner to end the inning, saving another run.

Funny scene: The diminutive Punto brought the bat with him all the way to first base, rounded the bag and began to try to break the bat over his thigh. Then he thought better of it. Might have saved himself some embarrassment on national TV.

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