Groundhog Day: Harrison looks back at Game 7 start in '11

Rangers southpaw breaks down what he'd change in World Series outing

Groundhog Day: Harrison looks back at Game 7 start in '11

ARLINGTON -- If there's anybody who would want to use Groundhog Day to get one more try at it, that would seem to be the losing pitcher in Game 7 of the World Series.

That would be Matt Harrison, who was the Rangers' starting pitcher in Game 7 of the 2011 World Series and ended up taking the loss against the Cardinals.

"I have thought about it a bunch," Harrison said.

Everybody remembers Game 6. The Rangers had a two-run lead in both the ninth and 10th innings and couldn't put the game away. Instead, the Cardinals rallied for a 10-9 victory and forced Game 7.

It wasn't quite as memorable except for Harrison. The Rangers gave him a 2-0 lead in the top of the first and Harrison retired the first two hitters in the bottom of the inning. Then he walked Albert Pujols and Lance Berkman, setting up a game-tying two-run double by David Freese.

"If I could do it over again, I would have been more aggressive instead of trying to make the perfect pitch," Harrison said. "I was nibbling at the corners and it came back to bite me. I got a two-run lead and I gave it right back. The momentum shifted back to them and we never got it back."

The Cardinals won, 6-2, with Chris Carpenter on the mound. Harrison went four innings and also gave up a go-ahead home run to Allen Craig in the third.

"I would love to experience that opportunity again," Harrison said. "Since then, I have had a lot of time to sit back and think about it and relive those moments. At this point, I wouldn't be as nervous. If I was in that situation again, it wouldn't be so nerve-racking."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.