Friday, October 28, 2011

Home team holds upper hand in Game 7



The St. Louis Cardinals host the Texas Rangers in Game 7 of the World Series tonight. It's the first Game 7 played since 2002, when the Anaheim Angels beat Barry Bonds' San Francisco Giants.

The Series has gone seven games 17 times since 1962, with the visiting team winning the decisive game on seven occasions. But what's more telling -- the home team has won the last eight Game 7's.

Here's a look back at the most recent Game 7's:

1985: Royals 11, Cardinals 0

  • The Cardinals never recovered from a blown call in the ninth inning of Game 6 when, with St. Louis leading 1-0, umpire Don Denkinger ruled the Royals' Jorge Orta was safe at first on an infield grounder. That led to a pair of runs in the inning and a Royals victory. In the deciding game, Denkinger was behind the plate and the Cardinals suffered an epic meltdown. Ace John Tudor didn't make it out of the third inning and Joaquin Andujar was ejected after clashing with Denkinger over his strike zone. Meanwhile, 21-year-old Bret Saberhagen quietly tossed a five-hit shutout for the Royals.

1986: Mets 8, Red Sox 5

  • After one of the all-time great Game 6s when Mookie Wilson's dribbler got by Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner to bring home the winning run, the Mets capped their improbable comeback with another late rally. Down 3-0 in the sixth, Keith Hernandez stroked a two-run single and Gary Carter followed with an RBI groundout to tie the game. Ray Knight broke the tie an inning later with a home run and Darryl Strawberry added another homer in the eighth as the Mets won their second World Series title.

1987: Twins 4, Cardinals 2


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