Freese had the game-tying triple in the 9th before hitting the walk-off homer in the 11th. He’s the first player in World Series history to have a pair of tying or go-ahead hits in the 9th inning or later of the same game. Only seven others have two such hits in their careers, and only three (Joe Morgan, Roger Peckinpaugh, Tris Speaker) did those within the same series (but in different games).
What Freese and Berkman did in the 9th and 10th innings had only been done two times before in World Series history. Only Otis Nixon in 1992 and Josh DeVoe in 1911 had a game-tying RBI in the 9th inning or later with his team one out from being eliminated. [+]
Game-tying RBI in 9th inning or later – 1 out from World Series Elimination
Lance Berkman 2011 Cardinals David Freese 2011 Cardinals Otis Nixon 1992 Braves Josh DeVore 1911 Giants Close [X]
Coincidentally (not ironically), David Freese was traded to the Cardinals for Jim Edmonds. They are the only two players in franchise history with postseason walk-off home runs in extra innings. [+]
Extra-Inning HR Cardinals Postseason History
Opponent 2011 David Freese Game 6 WS Rangers* 2004 Jim Edmonds Game 6 NLCS Astros* 1964 Tim McCarver Game 5 WS Yankees *Walk-off HR Close [X]