Ron Washington Sends Matt Harrison to the Hill for Game 7 Against Chris Carpenter

The Texas Rangers were just one strike away from their first World Series Championship not once, but twice Thursday night in what ended up being one of the most exciting Fall Classic games in baseball history.

We can't really tell whether it was a Rangers bullpen meltdown, or a surging St. Louis Cardinals comeback, but either way for an 11th-inning walkoff bomb by hometown boy David Freese for a 10-9 victory to force a Game 7 at Busch Stadium.

While Ron Washington will to put Matt Harrison on the hill for the decisive Game 7 Friday night at 8pm ET on FOX, Tony La Russa waited to announce who he'd look to. Acting all coy during the postgame presser, the Cardinals skipper finally decided to send ace Chris Carpenter on short rest.

The eight-year absence of the most exciting contest in baseball is the longest since the World Series began in 1903. Of course it's anyone's game. While the Cardinals hold the record for most World Series Game 7s with a 7-3 record, the Rangers have never lost back-to-back games in the postseason. Who will win it all??

[USA Today]

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