In his first post-season, St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese had a historic performance Wednesday night. The right-handed hitter drove in four runs on a two-run double in the fourth inning and a two-run home run in the sixth to lead the Cardinals over the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 4 of the NLDS, 5-3.
Individually, it was a memorable night for Freese, as well. He logged one of the top 11 post-season performances in team history as measured in single-game RBI. All alone at number one is Reggie Sanders, who drove in six on October 4, 2005. The others in the top ten were all four-RBI games, now tied by Freese. Perhaps not surprisingly, the Cardinals won all 11 of those playoff games.
Freese might have been able to catch or even pass Sanders on Wednesday, but he left the contest via a double-switch in the top of the seventh inning. As it turned out, the order did not reach his number seven spot again in the game. Even so, Freese is the first player in team post-season history to drive in at least four in just three plate appearances.
Interestingly, Freese’s performance is the fourth of the top 11 from a third-baseman, most by players at any position. He joins Gary Gaetti (1996), Ken Boyer (1964) and the first four-RBI post-season game by a third baseman, Les Bell in Game 6 of the 1926 World Series.
Overall, this list includes the names of some of the most memorable post-season heroes in Cardinals history. Now, Freese will forever be among them.
Top single-game RBI performances, post-season, St. Louis Cardinals team history
Thanks to researcher Tom Orf for the above table.