Congratulations to the 2011 World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals, but more importantly, congratulations to Albert Pujols who is now the most plunked batter in World Series history. Pujols got his 4th World Series plunk in the 5th inning on a pitch from Scott Feldman. That makes him the first batter to accumulated 4 career plunks in World Series play, moving him ahead of 13 batters who were tied with 3 World Series plunks.
Pujols also became the first batter in post season history to reach base on a plunk, and then score a run being driven in by an RBI plunk. Rafael Furcal got the RBI plunk that same inning from CJ Wilson, making him only the 2nd player ever to get an RBI plunk in game 7 of a World Series. Bill Robinson was the other, for the 1979 Pirates. That 1979 game was also the only other game World Series game 7 in which a team got hit by two pitches in the same inning.
Adrian Beltre also got hit by a pitch last night, on a pitch from Chris Carpenter, and that makes last night’s game the only World Series game 7 in which 3 batters were hit by a pitch. Carpenter is now up to 6 hit baters for his post season career, making him the 10th pitcher to reach that total for postseason plunks, joining Greg Maddux (9), Tim Wakefield (9), Pedro Martinez (8), Tom Glavine (7), David Wells (7), Orel Hershiser (6), Matt Morris (6), Roger Clemens (6) and AJ Burnett (6 – in one year).
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