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