Phillies-Cardinals: Big Play X-Ray

Shane Victorino watches Cardinals' David Freese's home run in the sixth inning. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Shane Victorino watches Cardinals' David Freese's home run in the sixth inning. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Posted: October 06, 2011

The Play: The first of David Freese's two two-run hits, a fourth-inning double to left that put the Cardinals in front to stay.

The Setup: The Phillies jumped to a 2-0 lead after three batters, but the Cardinals answered with one in their half of the first. Lance Berkman opened the bottom of the fourth by drawing Roy Oswalt's first walk of the game. Matt Holliday was hit by the first pitch he saw. Berkman then went to third when Yadier Molina flew out to right.

The At-Bat: Freese didn't wait long, turning on an Oswalt curveball on the first pitch and lining it into the leftfield corner. Berkman scored easily and Holliday was able to beat the high relay throw from Jimmy Rollins.

The Aftermath: Freese wasn't done yet. He blasted a two-run homer in the sixth to up the lead to 5-2. The Phillies threatened in the eighth, but scored just one run.

The Stat: Freese's four RBI were the most he has had in a game in . . . well, 2 weeks. He knocked in five in a 6-5 win over the Mets on Sept. 21 . . . Including regular and postseason, Freese is 3-for-7 vs. Oswalt in his career, with two doubles and a homer.

The Quote: "Ever since I got traded over from San Diego," Freese said, "I always thought about the postseason, the playoffs and being a Cardinal in the postseason. That's what this is all about. This is what [I] worked for and just to do this in front of the fans of St. Louis . . . it's amazing."

* For more, go to philly.com/boopstats

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