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The St. Louis Cardinals mob David Freese at home following his tenth inning walk off.
This one just happened and yet it feels as if it couldn't have really happened. Six lead changes, five home runs, the Cardinals season came down to their final strike, twice. In the end it was David Freese, who smashed a 428 foot home run to straight away center field in the bottom of the 11th inning, who would finally provide the proper ending to one of the greatest games ever played.
This game looked both as if no one wanted to win and no one wanted to lose. Poor fielding, questionable baserunning. highly questionable bullpen decisions. In the end, though, the story was the Cardinals. A team that quite simply would not be beat on this night.
Down 7-4 in the eighth inning they got a solo home run from Allen Craig. Then down 7-5 in the ninth with two on and two out David Freese hit an opposite field triple off of Rangers' closer Neftali Feliz. The triple which was misplayed by Rangers' outfielder Nelson Cruz, plated the tying run and off to extra innings we went.
The Rangers wasted no time in reclaiming both the lead and, with it, momentum when, in the top of the tenth, Josh Hamilton hit a two run homer to make the score 9-7. Now all the Rangers had to do was retire the Cardinals in the bottom of the tenth.
It didn't happen. The first two Cardinals would reach base and then one of the worst looking but still successful sacrifice bunts in baseball history was pulled off by Cardinals' pitcher Kyle Lohse. The Cardinals would get one run back on a ground out to make it 9-8 but now there were two outs and rather than tempt fate with Albert Pujols, Rangers' manager Ron Washington instead elected to pitch to Lance Berkman.
Berkman would come through with a two-out game-tying single and on to the eleventh we'd go. The first batter, Mark Lowe, would face would be David Freese. It would also be his last.