David Freese didn’t stop with a huge Game 6. His two-run double in the Friday’s Game 7 victory gave him the all-time record for RBI in a single postseason:
1. David Freese (StL): 21 (2011)
2. Sandy Alomar Jr. (Cle): 19 (1997)
2. Scott Spiezio (Ana): 19 (2002)
2. David Ortiz (Bos): 19 (2004)
5. Alex Rodriguez (NYY): 18 (2009)
6. John Valentin (Bos): 17 (1999)
6. Rich Aurilia (SFG): 17 (2002)
6. Ivan Rodriguez (Fla): 17 (2003)
6. Ryan Howard (Phi): 17 (2009)
Freese, who had 55 RBI in 97 regular-season games, hit .397 with five homers in his first career postseason. The 21 RBI came in 18 games.
If he hadn’t already done so, Freese definitely made a name for himself with his game-tying double in the ninth and game-winning homer in the 11th in Thursday’s Game 6. His hit tonight was also big, as it swung the momentum back the Cardinals’ way after Chris Carpenter gave up two runs in the first.
Nothing went right for the Blue Jays this weekend. The club was swept in a four-game series against the Athletics, including a 9-2 loss on Sunday. Not wanting to burn out his bullpen in a lopsided game — and perhaps thinking about the general entertainment value involved — Blue Jays manager John Gibbons decided to send designated hitter Kendrys Morales out to pitch the ninth inning. And in typical baseball fashion, he saw better results than some of the dudes who do this all the time.
Morales, who actually pitched in Cuba nearly 20 years ago, worked around a walk for a scoreless inning. He induced three fly outs and topped out at 87.4 mph on his fastball, per Brooks Baseball. He received a standing ovation on the way back to the dugout. Morales hasn’t been hearing that sort of thing for his contributions with the bat recently.
Morales, 34, is batting just .163/.248/.279 with three home runs through 32 games this season. There’s been some understandable clamoring for top prospect Vladmir Guerrero, Jr. to cut into his at-bats. For his part, Morales has been doing everything he can to break out of his slumber at the plate, including ditching the glasses he started wearing during spring training. Hey, whatever works. Morales also had two of Toronto’s four hits on Sunday.
On the heels of Morales’ first MLB appearance on the mound, it feels rather appropriate that the Blue Jays will get their first look at Angels sensation Shohei Ohtani — at least as a hitter — beginning on Tuesday.