The Rangers on Monday became the first team in World Series history to hand out four intentional walks and still win the game, a 4-2 triumph over the Cardinals in Arlington. They are also just the fifth club to win a Fall Classic game while handing out nine or more walks overall, joining the 2005 White Sox (14 innings), 1997 Marlins, 1924 Giants and the 1910 Athletics. Albert Pujols became just the third player in World Series history to be intentionally walked three times in one game. He joined Barry Bonds (2002, Game 4) and Rudy York (1946, Game 5) as the only players in that category. Sticking with the walks, Rangers lefty C.J. Wilson became just the fourth pitcher in history to issue five or more free passes twice during the same World Series. Unlike Wilson, however, each of the other three -- Jaret Wright (1997), Whit Wyatt (1941) and Art Nehf (1921) -- was the winning pitcher in at least one of those two outings.
The Cardinals' 17 baserunners tied for the most by a World Series team that scored fewer than three runs. They are just the fourth team -- and the first since 1959 -- to have that distinction. The Rangers' Mitch Moreland is the only first baseman in World Series history to hit a home run while batting ninth in the order -- and he's actually done it twice. Moreland also homered out of the No. 9 spot in Game 3 of last year's Fall Classic. As for homering out of the No. 9 spot in general, Moreland joined Bob Gibson (Cardinals), Dave McNally (Orioles) and Bernie Carbo (Red Sox) as the only players in World Series history with multiple home runs while hitting last in the order. Carbo's first such home run, however, came as a pinch-hitter in Game 3 of the 1975 World Series. The Rangers improved to 16-1 this season when Moreland goes deep, including 2-0 in the postseason. Though it is a rare occurrence, Lance Lynn is not the only pitcher in World Series history to enter the game for the sole purpose of intentionally walking a batter. Mike Stanton (Braves) intentionally walked the only batter he faced in Game 3 of the 1992 World Series, as did Billy Pierce (White Sox) in Game 5 of the 1959 Fall Classic. Teams that win Game 5 when the Series is tied, 2-2, have gone on to win the World Series 26 of 39 times. Of those 26, 12 have been closed out in Game 6, while 14 have needed a seventh game before claiming the title. Teams that go home trailing, 3-2, under the current format have rallied to win the World Series 12 out of 28 times. St. Louis has also lost just one of the five Fall Classics in which it trailed, 3-2.
Paul Casella is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.