Young proud of Rangers
By Bob Elliott, QMI Agency
|Texas Rangers first baseman Michael Young drops a foul ball hit by St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols in the third inning of Game 7 (REUTERS/Sarah Conard)
ST. LOUIS - Michael Young was asked what the Texas Rangers had to do to be better next season.
"What are we going to do, make Nelson Cruz two feet taller, so he catches that ball to right in Game 6?" Young told reporters after the Texas Rangers lost 6-2 to the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 7 of the World Series.
The first baseman was referring to the Series MVP David Freese's triple to right field on a 1-2 pitch in the bottom of the ninth which scored a pair of Cardinal runs and forced extras.
The Rangers were also a strike away again in the 10th when Lance Berkman singled home the tying run and Freese forced Friday's game with a walk-off homer in the 11th.
Twice a strike away. Now, they are 162 games away from their next post-season.
Only the 1911 Philadelphia Athletics were a strike away from winning a Series losing to the New York Giants. But Philadelphia won the Series the next game.
"This is worse than a year ago," said Young, whose Rangers lost to the San Francisco Giants in 2010. "Obviously we had good pitchers on the mound."
Freese tripled off the Rangers closer Neftali Perez, Berkman singled off Feldman and Freese homered off Mark Lowe. The Rangers scored twice in the first inning as the first four hitters reached and then nothing.
"I don't know if you can say that was vintage Carpenter, I've only seen him in the Series," Young told reporters. "But he's tough, he battled. We had a chance for more against him the first two innings.
"This won't be a difficult loss to access. Our effort was good. We didn't get that final strike. I know it's hard not to play a second-guessing game. I'm disappointed, but proud to be part of the 2011 Texas Rangers."
This makes the first time since 1981 (Los Angeles Dodgers) and 1982 (Cards) that the National League has won back-to-back World Series.
The Rangers out hit the Cards as a team (.254-to-.243) but St. Louis outscored Texas 38-30, largely because of the lack of production from the Rangers hitters, who went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position in Game 7.
On the Series the Rangers hit .231 (12-for-52) managing three hits in Game 3 and Game 6, an 11-inning affair.
"We didn't get frustrated with our hitting," said Young, the former Blue Jays farmhand. "Sometimes we got pissed. The frustration only lasts a second, then you proceed with a purpose and get ready for your next at-bat."