Reggie Jackson and Babe Ruth; the only two players in the history of baseball to have hit three home runs in a single World Series game. Well, until Saturday night. Now you can Albert Pujols to that list.
Not only does Albert join elite company in the World Series home run club, but Pujols tied the record for most hits (5), most RBI’s (6) and set a new series record with 14 total bases.
Pujols stayed his humble self after the game. “It's an honor to be in there in the same category as those guys," Pujols said. "But I just thank God that I was able to come out today and help our ballclub to win and hopefully I can do that tomorrow again."
Rangers manager Ron Washington stated: “I see him on TV. But I tell you, tonight was something special.”
Fans of Texas might want to forget tonight not only for the monster 15-hit onslaught St.Louis provided, but also in part because some of it was cultivated after a blown call in the top of the fourth after first-base umpire Ron Kulpa missed a call on a potential double play when Mike Napoli tagged Matt Holliday on the back of the neck. It took the instant replay in slow-motion to prove that Holliday was out. (Bringing up further debate whether there should be instant replay in baseball)
It also doesn’t help the Ranger’s case that they did have three crucial errors in the game that led to St.Louis runs. The Cardinals had no errors in the contest.
Cardinals Outlook: If not for only the third 1-0, 9th inning blown save in World Series history, the Cardinals would be up three games to nothing. They have only trailed once and now take Edwin Jackson to the mound, who should have the edge over the Ranger’s Derrick Holland. Very possible the Cards win Game 4 and take a commanding lead.
Rangers Outlook: The Rangers hit well Saturday night, but didn’t have Albert Pujols. If Holland doesn’t have the game of his career on Sunday it could get ugly fast. Hamilton appears to be more injured than leading on, with his hamstring, and their bull-pen is exhausted. Don’t be surprised to possibly see Texas start walking Pujols in most situations.
Stat Of The Night: Teams taking a 2-1 lead have gone on to win the World Series 55 out of 83 times in the best-of-seven format, a success rate of 66 percent.
Game 4: Sunday @ Texas. 7:05 CT
STL: Edwin Jackson (5.84 ERA) vs. TEX: Derrick Holland (5.27 ERA)
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