Cardinals put Freese on Rangers' party

October, 28, 2011
10/28/11
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The Cardinals celebrate their 10-9 win in Game 6 following David Freese's 11th inning walk-off homer.

The hometown kid was the hero on Thursday night in St. Louis, as the Cardinals staved off elimination in the World Series with a come-from-behind 10-9 win in Game 6.

The Redbirds came back from two-run deficits in both the ninth and 10th innings. No other team has won a postseason game after trailing by two or more runs in the ninth inning and again in extra innings, according to Elias.

David Freese, who went to high school in Wildwood, Missouri, hit the first World Series walk-off homer in Cardinals history to give the Redbirds the win in the 11th inning. Freese also joins Tim McCarver in 1964 as the only Cardinals to hit an extra-inning World Series home run.

The longball gave Freese 19 RBI in the postseason this year, which matches Sandy Alomar, Jr. (1997), Scott Spiezio (2002) and David Ortiz (2004) for the most in a single postseason.

Freese earlier had tied the game with a two-run, two-out triple in the ninth. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Freese is the first player in World Series history to have a game-tying RBI in the ninth inning and then the game-winning RBI in extra innings.

The Cardinals rallied to tie the game with six combined runs in innings eight through 11. Elias tells us that the Cardinals were the first team in postseason history to score in the eighth, ninth, 10th and 11th inning in one game.

The Cardinals have now won Game 6 in five of the last six World Series in which they were down 3-games-to-2. Good news for Cardinals fans: of the five previous times that their team trailed 3-2 in the Fall Classic, they eventually rallied to win the title four times.

Alexi Ogando, Neftali Feliz, and Scott Feldman were all credited with blown saves in Game 6 for the Rangers as the Cardinals made five separate comebacks. It is the first time in World Series history that a team has had three blown saves in a single game.

Josh Hamilton nearly sent the Rangers home winners in the 10th inning, launching a first-pitch fastball over the fence to give the Rangers a 9-7 lead. With that blast, this became the first World Series in major-league history to feature a pair of extra-inning home runs.

Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz hit back-to-back homers in the seventh inning to put the Rangers ahead 6-4. Cruz’s homer was his eighth of the postseason, tying Barry Bonds (2002) and Carlos Beltran (2004) for the most in a single postseason in major-league history.

Friday night the Cardinals will host the first World Series Game 7 since 2002 between the Giants and Angels. The Redbirds will have history on their side in the deciding game. The home team has won eight straight World Series Game 7’s. The last team to lose a World Series Game 7 at home was the Orioles in 1979 against the Pirates.

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