Game 5: Napoli’s big hit gives Rangers 4-2 win
He was lifted for Scott Feldman with one out in the sixth. Feldman struck out Nick Punto with runners at second and third to end the inning.
With runners at second and third and one out in the fifth, Wilson struck out Craig _ giving Texas a chance to walk Pujols with first base open. Craig is hitless in his last nine at-bats since a first-inning homer in Game 3.
Wilson’s curveball has been effective, and he’s found a backdoor cutter against right-handed batters, hitting the outside corner a few times. Wilson’s cutter might be his best pitch, but that’s a tough one to execute _ away to a right-handed hitter.
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.
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.
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.
Two walks by Wilson and then some shaky defense hurts the Rangers again.