ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 23: Derek Holland #45 of the Texas Rangers is removed by manager Ron Washington in the ninth inning during Game Four of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 23, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
As part of a season-ending series, we'll take a look at the 13 most memorable moments from the 2011 Texas Rangers season.
When: Oct. 23
What: Derek Holland had one of those moments that could cripple a young pitcher forever in the 2010 Fall Classic when he went on a walk spree, pitching in relief, against the San Francisco Giants, at one point throwing 12 straight balls. But in Game 4 of the 2011 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Holland exorcised the demons. The young lefty built on his stellar three-month stretch to close the regular season with arguably the greatest start in franchise history considering the stage. Holland went 8 1/3 innings, allowing just two hits and two walks with seven strikeouts. Both of the hits were off the bat of Lance Berkman. There was the classic shot of Ron Washington psyching Holland up before he took the hill in the top of the first, and the just as classic shot of Holland jokingly pleading with Washington to leave him in the game when he visited the mound in the eighth. Both of those shots can be seen here. It didn't work, but the Rangers still won 4-0 and evened the World Series at 2-2 behind a big three-run blast from Mike Napoli.
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