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Freese is batting .425 with four homers and 14 RBIs during the postseason. He led the charge as St. Louis battered the Brewers.
In Game 1, he hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning to erase a 2-1 deficit and give the Cardinals a 4-2 lead they couldn't hold.
In Game 2, he had two hits and homered in the ninth inning of a 12-3 victory. It was the team's 17th hit, setting a club record for most in a league championship series game.
In Game 3, he went 3 for 4 with two doubles and a single in a 4-3 victory.
Moved up to cleanup in Game 4 to give Pujols more protection, Freese responded with two more singles in Milwaukee's 4-2 win.
Back in the sixth spot in the batting order in Game 5, he singled, walked and scored two runs in the Cardinals' 7-1 victory.
And then there was the final game Sunday night.
Milwaukee started shaky Shaun Marcum, and Freese made sure the right-hander wasn't around for long. He pulled a three-run shot to left field in the first, giving the Cardinals a four-run lead they never relinquished.
In the third, he doubled with one out and scored on a single by pinch-hitter Allen Craig as the Cardinals extended their lead to 9-4 in the inning.
He singled and scored in the fifth when St. Louis made it 11-5.
Freese is in his third major league season after coming to the Cardinals in a December 2007 trade that sent Jim Edmonds to the San Diego Padres.
All three of those years with the Cardinals have been marred by injuries.
Freese began 2009 with the big league club but sprained his left ankle and played only 17 games in the majors. In 2010, he won the starting third base job, only to endure injuries to both ankles that required surgery.
This season, he was batting .356 before he missed 51 games after breaking his left hand on May 1 when he was hit by a pitch from Scott Linebrink in Atlanta. Freese finished with a .297 average, 10 homers and 55 RBIs in 97 games.
Not bad at all, but nothing like October.
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