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A few hours before he'd start the first major league playoff game of his life, Ian Desmond leaned on the dugout railing and pondered the question of how much experience mattered in the postseason. The Washington Nationals, of course, have very little. And the reigning 2011 World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals are rich with it.
Allen Craig hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals found a bit of missing pop, beating the New York Mets 5-4 Monday and stopping their season-worst losing streak at five.
Previewing the National League.
Tony La Russa thought he was making a simple request of the bullpen: get closer Jason Motte ready.
Bobby Valentine thought about the bizarre events he had seen in Game 5 of the World Series, when 19th-century technology fouled up Tony La Russa and the St. Louis Cardinals.
Tony La Russa has won a lot of games over a lot of years by deploying relief pitchers differently than most managers. His reputation may have worked against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the World Series.
Neftali Feliz closes out the Cardinals for his sixth save in this postseason. The Rangers win 4-2 to take a 3-2 lead in the World Series and move within one win of their first championship.
The bullpen that did so much to get the St. Louis Cardinals into the World Series may end up costing them the championship.
Mike Napoli's two-run double off Marc Rzepczynski gave Texas a 4-2 lead in the eighth inning.
Nolan Ryan must have been getting a tad uncomfortable as the innings ticked by Thursday night and the Rangers crept ever closer to a two-game World Series deficit.
Neftali Feliz closed it out, and Rangers win 2-1 thanks to a two-run rally in the ninth inning against the St. Louis bullpen. World Series tied at one game apiece, with Game 3 on Saturday night in Texas.
Texas scored twice in the ninth inning to take a 2-1 lead.
The hitters coming off the bench for Texas look really rusty. Most of them haven't had much action lately, and that's hurting the Rangers so far in the World Series.
A look at the best-of-seven World Series between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals:
An afterthought in early September, the St. Louis Cardinals are taking their wild ride all the way to the World Series.