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Freese held hitless, ending club-record streak

Freese held hitless, ending club-record streak

Freese held hitless, ending club-record streak
ARLINGTON -- Eight of the nine batters in the Cardinals' starting lineup finished without a hit on Sunday. Among them was third baseman David Freese, whose hitless night halted his franchise-best 13-game postseason hitting streak.

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
By going 0-for-3 in Sunday night's Game 4 of the World Series, David Freese's postseason hitting streak ended at 13 games, tied for second-longest in history by a National Leaguer.
Player Gms Begin End Team
Marquis Grissom 15 10/03/1995 10/02/1996 ATL
Frank Schulte 13 10/13/1906 10/17/1910 CHC
Greg Luzinski 13 10/09/1976 10/08/1980 PHI
Lenny Dykstra 13 10/10/1988 10/20/1993 NYM-PHI
Mark Lemke 13 10/03/1996 10/23/1996 ATL
Edgardo Alfonzo 13 10/17/1999 10/22/2000 NYM
Benny Agbayani 13 10/19/1999 10/24/2000 NYM
David Freese 13 10/02/2011 10/23/2011 STL

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.

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