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A hug from the skipper was in order, as Derek Holland single-handedly shutdown the potent Cardinals' bats.
Derek Holland became only the second Texas Rangers' starting pitcher to earn a victory in the World Series when he shut down the St. Louis Cardinals, 4-0 in Game 4.
Just stating the fact that he was stellar and earned the win, doesn't do justice for what Holland accomplished on that crisp and cool late-October night in Arlington, Tex.
Derek Holland might have just saved the Texas Rangers from yet another World Series disappointment.
Considering the fact that Game 3 had the St. Louis Cardinals going absolutely postal at the plate—the Cards blasted the excellent Rangers' bullpen for 10 earned runs—scoring 16 runs on 15 hits.
Prior to the Game 3 beatdown in front of a packed Rangers Ballpark in Arlington crowd, the World Series had been tied 1-1 and both teams had scored eight runs combined during the first two contests.
Albert Pujols went 5-6 with three home runs and six RBI. After that astounding performance, it seemed the Cardinals were poised to take the almost insurmountable 3-1 lead.
Holland had been quite shaky in his two ALCS starts against the Detroit Tigers. He was 0-0 with a 8.59 ERA pitching only 7.1 innings combined, allowing four home runs, 11 hits, five walks and recording seven strikeouts.
How on earth could the baby-faced 25-year-old with four months of lip growth that looks more like a chocolate milk mustache than anything else, stop Albert Pujols and company?
Holland did it by working his 96 MPH fastball in and out of the zone, while keeping the Cardinals off balance and flailing helplessly against his slider and changeup.
Derek Holland went 8.1 innings, surrendering just two hits—Lance Berkman notched both of them—while striking out seven and allowing just two bases on balls.
Just like that, the man affectionately known as "The Dutch Oven," notched the biggest pitching performance in postseason history for the Texas Rangers.
The series is now tied 2-2 for the Rangers with one more at home against the Cardinals. Thanks to Derek Holland, the Rangers are now just two wins away from their first ever World Series Championship.
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