The Cardinals gave the ball to their ace. On short rest, ChrisCarpenter paved the way in the World Series finale.The 36-year-old Carpenter was his usual stingy self on shortrest in Game 7. Emphasizing breaking balls after a shaky start, theright-hander shut down the Texas Rangers’ dangerous in a 6-2victory that gave St. Louis its second championship in sixseasons.Manager Tony La Russa discussed the move with pitching coachDave Duncan on Friday morning after getting a few hours of sleepfollowing the Cardinals’ dramatic Game 6 victory.”I said ‘How about the alternatives?”’ La Russa said on thefield after Game 7. ”`He said, ‘Are you kidding? It’s ChrisCarpenter.’ And he hung up on me.”Though just an 11-game winner this year, the 2005 NL Cy YoungAward winner was 10-2 in the second half. He stayed on a roll inthe postseason, going 4-0 with wins in Games 1 and 7 againstTexas.”He’s always been our horse,” general manager John Mozeliaksaid. ”We knew we’d ride him.”A rainout on Wednesday gave Carpenter a shot to start on threedays’ rest for just the second time in his career in Game 7 – andthe second time this postseason. He allowed two runs in six-plusinnings.”Obviously it’s not my decision, it’s Tony’s, but… Read full this story
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