10/23/11 11:40 PM ET
Freese held hitless, ending club-record streak
Third baseman records knocks in 13 straight playoff games
By Jenifer Langosch / MLB.com
The Redbirds, in turn, went quietly in a 4-0 loss to the Rangers, evening the World Series at two games apiece.
Freese's streak began with a second-inning double off Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee in Game 2 of the National League Division Series and extended through a two-hit performance on Saturday. He batted .429 during the 13-game span. Eleven of his 21 hits went for extra bases, and Freese had six multi-hit affairs. He drove home 21. Along the way, he took home the NL Championship Series Most Valuable Player honors.
"People talk about it, but that's not me," Freese said of his streak. "I'm not too worried about it. It was cool to be a part of, but now I just have to come back tomorrow ready to go."
FREESE COOLS OFF
The Series will resume on Monday, when the Cardinals will try to solve C.J. Wilson, whom they touched for four hits and three runs in 5 2/3 innings of a 3-2 victory Game 1. Freese walked and flied out to center field against Wilson. Broadcast time is slated for 6:30 p.m. CT on FOX, with the first pitch scheduled to be thrown at 7:05.
Freese had already eclipsed the previous franchise-best 12-game playoff hitting streak, which was first set by Mike Matheny and later matched by Yadier Molina. Both of those hitting streaks, however, extended over multiple postseasons.
Freese fell two games short of matching the longest postseason hitting streak in National League history, a mark held by Marquis Grissom. The Major League record is 17.
Facing Rangers starter Derek Holland for the first time in his career, Freese struck out in his first at-bat. He later grounded into a double play and grounded out to short.
"Very impressive," Freese said of Holland's night, which featured 8 1/3 shutout innings. "If I was going to compare it, it was kind of like facing [Braves reliever Jonny] Venters for eight innings. Same type of action on everything. Throwing offspeed for strikes. Spotting in. Tough battle."
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.