Following on my earlier post about how St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols has moved up in Major League Baseball’s career post-season home run and RBI lists as the result of his four-hit, five-RBI NLCS Game 2 performance Monday night, researcher Tom Orf offers the following additional factoids:
- Pujols became the fourth player in MLB history with four extra base hits in a postseason game. The others: Hideki Matsui of the Yankees in the 2004 ALCS Game 3 (2 doubles, 2 homers), Pittsburgh’s Bob Robertson in the 1971 NLCS Game 2 (1 double, 3 homers) and Frank Isbell of the White Sox (4 doubles) in the 1906 World Series Game 5. No one has yet to collect five or more XBH.
- Pujols is the first player in MLB history to have two games with three extra-base hits in a single postseason. In fact, only five players have done it twice in all years.
- Pujols is the 29th MLB player with 10 total bases in a game but the first Cardinal. Two previously had nine – Larry Walker in the 2004 World Series Game 1 and Lou Brock in Game 4 of the 1968 World Series.
Other team-related tidbits from Monday night’s NLCS Game 2:
- With 17 hits, the Cardinals tied their second-most hits in a postseason game. The record is 20 in Game 4 of the 1946 World Series. The other 17-hit outing was Game 7 of the 1934 World Series.
- The 12 runs also tied for second-most in team post-season history. The record is 13, also against the Brewers in Game 6 of the 1982 World Series (13-1). The others with 12: 2002 NLDS G1 vs. ARI (12-2), 1985 NLCS G4 vs. LAD (12-2), 1946 World Series G4 vs. BOS (12-3).
- While Pujols still holds the Cardinals record for most RBI in one postseason with 14 in 2004, David Freese is at risk of catching him. Freese collected his tenth in just seven games via a solo home run in the ninth inning to close out the Cardinals’ scoring onslaught. Tied for second with 12 are Jim Edmonds in 2000 and Reggie Sanders in 2005. Walker is fourth with 11 in 2004. Knotted with Freese at 10 are Edmonds in 2006 and Willie McGee in 1982.