Now that was a ball game! With Jeff Suppan and Oliver Perez on the hill, I expected a bit of scoring, but after New York scored a two-out run in the first and St. Louis tied it in the top of the second, everyone's bats were silent for a few hours.
Endy Chavez robbed Scott Rolen of a two-run home run in the top of the sixth, a leaping sno-cone of a catch over the left field wall that turned into an inning-ending double play. In the home half of the sixth, the Mets loaded the bases with one out (thanks in part to a two-base throwing error from Rolen), but could not score. Jose Valentin struck out and Chavez flied to center on the first pitch.
In the top of the ninth, still tied 1-1, Rolen singled with one out. After that nine-pitch at-bat, Yada Yada Yada Molina banged Aaron Heilman's first pitch for a two-run homer to left. This time, Chavez could only watch. It was the first time since the second inning that the Cardinals had a runner touch third base.
In the bottom of the ninth, facing rookie closer Adam Wainwright, Valentin and Chavez both singled -- the Mets' first hits since the first inning. Pinch-hitter Cliff Floyd was caught looking at a 2-2 breaking ball (after five straight fastballs) and Jose Reyes lined to center. But then Paul Lo Duca walked to load the bases. Cardinal-killer Carlos Beltran took a fastball down the pipe, fouled a curve off his foot, then was frozen on a beautiful curveball that broke over the heart of the plate.
The Cardinals won their 17th pennant and will head to Detroit for Game 1 of the World Series on Saturday night.
Fox gave some silly stat that coming into this game, the last 11 home teams that had won a Game 6 (as the Mets had last night) also won Game 7. The last team not to do it? The 1975 Red Sox. ... We're off the hook! We're off the hook!