2011 World Series: Texas Rangers Miss Chances In Game 1 Loss

Missed chances, a missed sliding catch and a few inches here and there doomed the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night as they fell to the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the World Series, 3-2. Nelson Cruz's attempt at a sliding catch in the sixth inning came up just short, and the Cardinals had the go-ahead, and game-winning, hit they needed.

Over at SB Nation Dallas, Robbie Griffin took a look at the game, lamenting the missed chances and inability of the offense to string together hits.

There was not a whole lot to be happy about in the loss, either. So many players were bad. Ian Kinsler had two base hits, but each of the three hitters behind him responded with oh-fors. The combination of David Murphy and Craig Gentry did the same. Chris Carpenter was clearly struggling with command, but the Rangers were incapable of taking advantage of it.

So it's all bad for the Rangers, right? Not so fast, Griffin says. Game 1 is over and done with, but the Rangers can still escape St. Louis with momentum. Thursday presents Texas with a clean slate and a chance to head back to Texas with a knotted series.

Despite some terrible performances, the Rangers had so many opportunities to win. For some, that will keep them up tonight. For some, that can be their silver lining. The preview had this game as slightly favoring the Rangers, but only slightly, and yet still favored them to win the series. Win Thursday and Texas goes home with a 1-1 lead; and splitting at home in the setting of this series would be dramatically in their favor, and all you could ask for.

The Rangers and Cardinals get back at it on Thursday at 8:05 p.m. EDT in St. Louis.

For more on this game, check out the rest of the Baseball Nation live-blog and Jeff Sullivan's recap.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.