The bats provided Captain Jack with an early two spot vs Smyly in the top of the 1st, with the first three batters reaching base.
Harry getting his chance in the leadoff spot ripped a double to LF to start the afternoon, Goldy would follow with a walk to bring up Deez.
Deez kept doing Deez thangs, sending a two run double into LF to bring home Bader and Goldy to make it 2-0 Birds.
The Rangers answered to cut the deficit in half, as Choo led off the Rangers half of the 1st with a bomb to RF on a hanging slider.
Smyly and Flaherty would zoom thru the 2nd and 3rd innings, both picking up a pair of k’s, Jack getting a couple of double plays. The best one coming to end the bottom of the 3rd, as Choo ripped a liner down to Goldy, who tagged the bag to beat Mathis back to 1B.
The Cardinals collected their only hit (since Deez double in 1st) until the 8th inning in the top of the 4th, getting a two out singe from Muñoz. This coming after Shildt got ejected for arguing the strike zone after Dex got rung up after facing two questionable low strike calls. It was very OG of Shildt to do this, and I need to have a beer with him asap (so if you see this Mike, hit me up, beer on me).
The Rangers evened things up at 2-2 in the bottom of the 4th, getting the inning started with a leadoff walk to Forsythe. Pence then ripped a one out double into LF to score Forsythe, tying the game up.
Captain Jack would strikeout Gallo on a high 96mph heater and Trap House would get his Derek Jeter on, ending the inning reaching into the stands in foul territory to end the inning on a Cabrera pop out.
After Shildt got ejected, the bullpen management got a little skeptical. Miller was asked to try and pitch two innings, Hicks was asked to try and pitch two innings (yes, I know he has only pitched in 2 innings this month).
Well, I bet you know how this one ended up. Miller would give up a leadoff bomb to Santana (pinch-hitting) in the 8th, his second inning of work, as the Rangers regained the lead at 3-2.
But hot damn
Dexter mf’n Fowler kept the veins pumpin’ in the top of the 9th.
With Martin coming in looking for his 2nd save of this season, Dex would take him deep for a solo shot to RF with one down, coming off the bat at 105.4mph, tying things back up at 3-3.
This is where Shildt getting ejected helped the team, because he wasn’t gonna allow Dex to go out like that, and Dex made up for it.
The Cards regained the lead in the top of the 10th after Hicks worked a 1-2-3 inning, picking up his first strikeout, getting Gallo looking at a painted sinker.
Bader led off the 10th like he did the 1st, ripping a double into LF to set himself up in scoring position.
Goldy then moved him over to 3B with a grounder to Forsythe at SS. And Deez would bring in the speedster on a sac-fly to the LF, Choo. Bader would barely beat the play at the plate, sliding in and jumping up with the rawest emotion of all time, I loved it, need it pumped in my veins. Bader scoring gave the Cards a 4-3 lead heading into the bottom of the 10th.
Marmol, taking over as manager after the Shildt ejection in the 4th, would leave Hicks in for the 10th, asking him to work 2.1 innings. Need I remind anybody, this all happening while Tsunami is down in the pen ready to go.
Odor led the inning off with a single into RF, Santana would walk, and Calhoun (pinch-hitting) would rip an rbi single to RF to tie the game at 4-4.
Marmol then went too his pen, going with Martínez in the tightest situation of all time. The Cards would elect to walk Choo intentionally to load the bases for Forsythe. Carlos would flash some 98mph offerings and get Forsythe on a disgusting change to bring up Mazara, still needing two outs. Mazara would send a shallow fly ball to Bader’s right in RCF, deep enough to score the winning run in Santana. Bader didn’t get a good grip on the ball and the Cardinals haven’t got a grip on winning a series, dropping this game to the Rangers in extras, 5-4.
The Cardinals (24-23) have an off day tomorrow as the head back home to St. Louis to take on their I-70 rivals, the Royals (16-31).
Wacha Flocka (3-1, 4.93) gets the ball in game-one, matching up with our old NLC buddy, Homer Bailey (4-4, 5.36). First pitch 7:15pm c/t.