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October 28, 2011

Harrison ready for Game 7 start

Like everybody else in the Texas Rangers dugout, Matt Harrison watched in anticipation. He thought the Rangers were on their way to a World Series championship, the first in franchise history. Not once, but twice in Game 6 on Thursday night at Busch Stadium.

But the St. Louis Cardinals rallied from two-run deficits twice, and pulled away for a walk-off victory in the 11th inning to force a Game 7. That means Harrison will get the ball in the biggest game to date in franchise history.

"I have my mind-set right, and this game is over with," Harrison said. "I'm just going to get some good rest, get some good sleep and be ready for [Game 7]."

Harrison saw things unravel for himself and the Rangers in his last start, Game 3. A blown umpiring call and a Rangers throwing error limited Harrison's start to 3 2/3 innings in a game Texas would lose to St. Louis, 16-7.

Harrison isn't too worried about what went wrong in Game 3, though, as he's soley focused on Game 7. Over the last few days, manager Ron Washington has been adamant that Harrison would get the start, pointing to the success he's had this season.

Harrison, who wasn't on the postseason roster last season, went 14-9 with a 3.39 ERA over 31 games, including 30 starts.

Harrison closed out the ALDS vs. Tampa Bay earlier this postseason, allowing two runs on five hits over five innings in Game 4. The stakes, of course, weren't as high as they are tonight.

"I'll be ready," Harrison said.

-- Drew Davison


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I think trouble started when Washington let Lewis bat with the bases loaded, just so he could pitch in the 5th. Holland was ready, and came in in the 5th anyway. You don't intentionally have a man bat with the bases loaded, and two outs, when you know he will make the 3rd out. Remember this is the world series.It is over.

win tonight and noone will remember game 6

That was a good call. Lewis worked into the 6th, not the 5th. There's no guarantee that anyone else gets a hit. See German for that horrendous example. IF there was a mistake, it was pulling Feldy in the 11th just to put German in as a PH. Could've been a different ballgame.

We'll get this one tonight. They haven't lost twice in a row in over two months. They've shown resiliency all year and in this series. Let's do this!

I would have pinch hit for Colby in the 5th also. Washington had a full, rested bullpen waiting. That was a giveaway out with the bases loaded.

And what was he thinking when he brought in Ogando with the bases loaded? He's had control trouble the whole series! Good grief!

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