The St. Louis Cardinals came into the bottom of the first of Game 6 already trailing 1-0. That was the bad news; the good news is that it could've been worse, as the Rangers had that lead and runners on the corners with nobody out in the top half. Jaime Garcia threw some bad pitches, and Jaime Garcia threw some good pitches.
So Rafael Furcal led off against Colby Lewis, looking to make something happen. One of the recent angles that's come up is that the top of the Cardinals' order has done very little in the way of getting on base in front of Albert Pujols. Furcal would work a 2-2 count and hit the ball hard, but he lined out to center.
However, Skip Schumaker followed with a single that was hit moderately hard, bringing Pujols to the plate as the potential early go-ahead run. Pujols got a pitch to hit, but flew out.
The inning wasn't over, though. Tony La Russa made a change for Game 6 and slotted Lance Berkman in at cleanup, as he did the last time his team faced the right-handed Lewis, and the first pitch Berkman saw was a fastball over the outer half. Berkman did what Berkman has done so many times before and blasted the pitch out to center field. With one swing, it was 2-1 St. Louis.