Tigers Even The Series Behind "The Gambler"

It was too little too late as the Cardinals rally in the 9th inning was cut short with just one run crossing home plate and the bases left loaded, as Yadier Molina with two outs, grounded out to short to end the game. St. Louis fell to Detroit Sunday night by a score of 3-1 to even the series at 1-1.

The Cardinals fell behind the Detroit Tigers and Kenny Rogers early Sunday night, as "The Gambler" ran his shutout streak to 21 innings in this postseason. Craig Monroe homered for the second consecutive night, helping the Detroit Tigers take a 3-0 lead over the St. Louis Cardinals and that would be more than enough offense for the Tigers.

The Cardinals won Game 1 of the World Series on the road behind rookie Anthony Reyes and for the stat heads of Cardinal Nation that win was a very good sign.

The winner of the 1st game of the World Series has gone on to win the fall classic 61 of 101 times (60.4%). That has been the case in eight of the last nine World Series beginning 1997 with 2002 (San Francisco defeating Anaheim) the lone exception. It has also occurred in ten of the last 12 and 15 of the last 18 Series. In addition to San Francisco, the only other exceptions in the last 18 fall classic were both by Atlanta, 1st game winners versus Toronto in 1992 and New York in 1996 but losers of each Series in six games.

In 15 of the last 20 Series beginning in 1985, the winner of Game 1 of the World Series has also won Game 2. The Cardinals turned to Jeff Weaver Sunday in hopes of taking a 2-0 commanding Series lead of the American League Detroit Tigers, before returning to St. Louis for Game 3 on Tuesday.

Weaver who had been very impressive of late, carrying a record of 2-1 with a 2.16 ERA during three NL playoff starts. Weaver pitched well in Game 2, giving up three runs on nine hits in five innings before the bullpen took over the game, pitching four scoreless innings of relief.

Those three runs were all the Tigers needed with the Cardinals only able to push across one run in the 9th as the Tigers defeated the Cardinals 3-1. The Detroit victory evens the series at one game a piece as the teams have an off day tomorrow, for a travel day as the Series shifts to St. Louis.

The new Busch Stadium in St. Louis will host its first World Series game ever Tuesday night, with Cardinals sending staff ace Chris Carpenter (15-8, 3.09) to the mound to face Nate Robertson (13-13, 3.84).

Of the 51 times that a World Series has been tied, 1-1, the winner of Game 2 has gone on to capture the Series on 28 occasions (54.9%). However, that has been the case on just one of four occasions since 1993, that being Anaheim in 2002. The last time the Series was tied at 1-1 was 2003, when the Yankees captured Game 2 but lost to the Marlins in six games.

Prior to the start of Game 2 Sunday night, Jim Thome of the Chicago White Sox was honored for winning the 2006 Major League Baseball Comeback Player of the Year Award presented by Viagra in the American League during a pre-game ceremony.

The 2006 All-Star selection and five-time All-Star re-established himself as one of the game's elites by hitting 42 home runs and driving in 109 this season. Nomar Garciaparra of the Los Angeles Dodgers was the National League recipient, and he was recognized in an on-field ceremony earlier this postseason.

The start time for Game 3 Tuesday night from Busch Stadium in St. Louis is set for 7:33 p.m. CDT. The game will be telecast live on FOX and will also be carried on ESPN Radio & KTRS.

Fans who can't wait for the Tigers vs Cardinals game on Tuesday, can kick back in their easy chairs on Monday and watch FSN Midwest. They will be taking baseball fans back to another Fall Classic featuring the Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals when it airs Game 1 of the 1968 World Series on Monday, Octpber 23 at 7:00 PM CT.

It's the original NBC broadcast of this classic duel played on Oct. 2, 1968. Bob Gibson strikes out a World Series record 17 batters to beat Denny McClain and the Tigers 4-0.

The Cardinals are a combined 55-53 in World Series games and have won nine of the 16 World Series that they have taken part in, but just one of their last five (1982). Seven of the Cardinals last eight Fall Classics have gone to seven games, the exception the four-game sweep to Boston in 2004.

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