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2011 World Series - Game 1 - The Day After

By Perrycunningham
I've said it before and will continue to preach that free bases damage a pitcher more than anything else.
In last night's game, the Cardinals' first run was scored by Albert Pujols, who reached after being hit by a pitch. In the bottom of the sixth, with two outs, Rangers' pitcher C.J. Wilson walks Nick Punto, the 8th hitter in the lineup. Punto is the last batter Wilson faces and Allen Craig get the pinch hit single and RBI off reliever Alexi Ogando.
Cardinals' pitchers walk two and win. Rangers' pitchers walk six - two intentionally - and hit a batter and lose.
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