If the theory of parallel worlds is correct, then there’s an Earth out there in which the Texas Rangers didn’t blow last night’s World Series game and they closed out the St. Louis Cardinals in six games; thus allowing Fox to air its Friday night lineup unchanged.
Unfortunately, that’s not the world that we live in. Therefore, the St. Louis Cardinals are alive for game seven tonight on Fox and the next new episode of “Fringe” has been pushed back to Friday, November 04.
If you find that frustrating, imagine how Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson) feels. in the last few episodes of “Fringe,” Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) and Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble) both realized that they had experienced visions of Peter even though they had no idea who he was. Unknown to them, Peter was erased from existence after he used the Doomsday Device to join our Earth to the alternate Earth in a bid to save both worlds.
Now that Peter is mysteriously back on our world, no one has any memory of him because both of his counterparts in this timeline died as young boys. all the Fringe team knows is that Peter has far more information about their activities than he should. which is why the next episode opens with Peter as a prisoner of the Fringe division.
Fox has released an extended preview of “Novation,” the upcoming fifth episode of the fourth season of “Fringe.” and from the brief glimpse of the episode, it’s clear that Peter’s first face-to-face meeting with the Walter of this timeline does not go well…
Don’t miss Peter Bishop’s return to “Fringe” on Friday, November 04!
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals won a remarkable World Series they weren’t even supposed to reach, beating the Texas Rangers 6-2 in Game 7 on Friday night with another key hit by hometown star David Freese and six gutty innings from Chris Carpenter.
A day after an epic Game 6 that saw them twice within one strike of elimination, the Cardinals captured their 11th World Series crown. After a whole fall on the edge, Tony La Russa’s team didn’t dare mess with Texas, or any more drama.
Freese’s two-run double tied it in the first inning against loser Matt Harrison and Allen Craig hit a go-ahead homer in the third.
Pitching on short rest, Carpenter improved to 2-0 in the Series and 4-0 in the postseason. La Russa won his third Series title.
In the first Series Game 7 in nine years, Josh Hamilton and Michael Young had RBI doubles in the first against Carpenter, the first pitcher in a decade to make three starts in one Series. But St. Louis came right back in the bottom half off Matt Harrison, who walked two batters before the big hit by Freese.
Craig, starting because of an injury to Matt Holliday, hit his third home run of the Series with one out in the third, sending a 91 mph pitch to the opposite field in right. The ball landed in Cardinals bullpen to the delight of the Busch Stadium record crowd of 47,399.
Craig also made an outstanding catch in the sixth, jumping to snag a drive by Nelson Cruz that appeared likely to hit the top of the left-field wall.
St. Louis added two runs off the bullpen in the fifth without getting a hit. Yadier Molina walked with the bases loaded for the second straight night, this time with Scott Feldman pitching, and ace C.J. Wilson came in and hit Rafael Furcal with his first pitch, forcing in another run.
Texas pitchers tied a Series record with 40 walks and also hit four batters. Other than Craig’s homer, all the Cardinals’ runs reached base by walk or hit batter.
On Thursday night, the Cardinals were twice down to their final strike before an exhilarating 10-9, 11-inning victory in one of baseball’s greatest games.
Craig homered in the eighth to start the comeback from a 7-4 deficit. Freese, who grew up in the St. Louis area, hit a tying, two-run double in the ninth, Lance Berkman had a tying single in a two-run 10th and Freese won the game with a leadoff home run in the 11th.
“You hear people say anyone can get the last three outs,” Texas manager Ron Washington said Friday afternoon. “No, no, no, no. You’ve got to have a special, special soul, special mentality, special aggressiveness, something, to get those last outs. We didn’t get them.”
Carpenter, pitching on three days’ rest for only the second time in his career, allowed five hits and two walks in the first six innings, striking out five. he threw 89 pitches.
Harrison gave up three runs, five hits and three walks in four innings, and Feldman relieved in the fifth.
St. Louis won its first title since 2006 and became the 19th team to overturn a 3-2 Series deficit. The Rangers were trying for their first championship in the 51-season history of a franchise that started as the expansion Washington Senators in 1961.
Home teams have won nine straight Game 7s, starting with the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates’ 4-1 victory at Baltimore.
In his first outing on short rest, Carpenter gave up four runs over three innings in Game 2 of the division series at Philadelphia. he wasn’t sharp at all at the start of this one, either, starting seven of his first 10 batters with balls.
Ian Kinsler singled leading off, then tried to steal second on a 1-0 pitch to Elvis Andrus, stumbled and was thrown out at first by Molina. Andrus walked, and Hamilton doubled down the right field line for a 1-0 lead. Young then lofted a soft opposite-field double to right to drive in Hamilton. Carpenter struck out Adrian Beltre and retired Cruz on a groundout to limit the damage.
Harrison then got into trouble with his control with two outs in the bottom half, and the Rangers had Wilson starting to warm up after five batters and 23 pitches.
Albert Pujols walked for the sixth time in the Series, on four pitches, and Berkman walked on five. Freese worked the count full and lined the ball on two hops to the wall in left-center, with Pujols raising both arms in triumph as he crossed the plate. Molina then flied out to Hamilton in front of the fence in center.
Mike Napoli singled leading off the second, and David Murphy hit into a forceout. Harrison sacrificed Murphy to third, Kinsler walked and Murphy took third when Pujols dropped a pickoff throw at first from Molina. Carpenter induced Andrus to hit into an inning-ending comebacker.
Furcal singled leading off the bottom half, but Skip Schumaker grounded into a double play on the next pitch. Carpenter hit Beltre on the forearm with a pitch with two outs in the third before retiring Cruz on a flyout.
Kinsler singled leading off the fifth to reach base for the third time, and Andrus sacrificed. Hamilton then hit a foul pop in front of the third-base dugout. Freese, who dropped a popup for an error on Thursday, leaned over and caught it while slipping. Carpenter then struck out Young, pumping both arms in emotion.
Cardinals manager Tony La Russa didn’t decide on Carpenter instead of a rested Kyle Lohse until Friday morning, waiting until after pitching coach Dave Duncan spoke with his ace.
“Dave had a real heart-to-heart with him to gauge just how ready he was to pitch just physically, not mentally but physically,” La Russa said. “The last thing is I think what he means to our club, I think our guys feel better about him starting than anybody.”
Carpenter, 3-0 this postseason and 8-2 in his career, became just the second pitcher in 20 years to make three starts in one World Series, following Arizona’s Curt Schilling in 2001.
La Russa moved slumping Furcal down to No. 7 in the batting order and hit second baseman Ryan Theriot leadoff. Craig started in place of Holliday, who sprained his right wrist in Game 6 and was replaced on the active roster by rookie outfielder Adron Chambers.
NOTES: The Cardinals will play the next game in the major leagues, helping open the Miami Marlins’ new ballpark on April 4. … A record 38 of a possible 43 postseason games were played this year. A record 13 have been decided by one run, one more than 1995, 1997 and 2003. … Florida pitchers walked 40 in 1997.
Biography, Stories, and Facts about Dizzy Dean
Back in the day before media was printing a sports star’s every spoken word, Dizzy Dean was entertaining fans, the media, and the world like very few sports stars ever have. Dizzy Dean was a natural clown who loved to bring smiles to the faces of all those around him. Few baseball players have done it better, and the stories that have been told about his life are legendary.
Before the 1934 season Dizzy made the outlandish prediction that he and his brother Paul would win over 40 games in one season. They didn’t win 40, they won 49 Dean won 30 games in 1934 in one of the greatest seasons any Major League pitcher has ever accomplished. Dean lead the infamous Gashouse Gang to the National League pennant and a World Series duel with the Detroit Tigers. it was in Detroit where Dizzy Dean would endear himself to fans all across America and establish him as one of the best pitchers and most entertaining baseball players of all time.
Before Dizzy Dean threw his first pitch he made his presence felt. On the day before Game 1, Dean joined the opposing Detroit Tigers during batting practice. there he could be seen bragging to the Tigers team, taunting their players, and taking batting practice using Tigers slugger Hank Greenberg’s baseball bat. After that he was entertaining the media by wrestling with a Tiger’s skin and playing with the stadium’s band. Love him or hate him, Dizzy Dean had a knack of making everyone around him smile.
While Dizzy was a bundle of fun before the game, he was all business after it started. in Game 1, Dean struck out six in an 8-3 victory. in Game 4, he entered the game as a pinch runner. When a grounder was hit to shortstope, he raced to second base to break up a double play and was hit in the head with the baseball. Dean ended up in the hospital with a head injury. The next day’s headline was both funny and comforting to the Cardinal fan at the same time. The headline said X-Ray of Dean’s Head Reveals nothing.
Despite his head injury, Dean returned for Game 7 and pitched a masterpiece. He allowed only one runner to reach third base and clinching the World Series for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Dizzy Dean interesting Facts:
- One day while being interviewed by reporters, Dizzy Dean gave each a different story of his life. Later, he said that he did this because they all wanted exclusive stories.
- In the 1934 World Series, Dean won two games for the Cardinals while his brother won the other two. this is the only time that two brothers won all four games of the World Series.
- He had so much confidence in his fastball that he would yell to the players that it was coming.
- Dean was one of the few white baseball players who went on barnstorming tours with black pitcher Satchell Paige.
- Dizzy Dean had a movie made in his honor called, The Pride Of St. Louis.