10/29/11 1:10 AM ET
Did you know? World Series Game 7
By Paul Casella / MLB.com
In the last two games, those walks finally caught up to the Rangers. Through Game 2 of this World Series, Texas had prevented each of its last 38 walked batters from coming around to score. In Game 6, however, Lance Berkman worked a ninth-inning walk and eventually scored the game-tying run. Then in the decisive Game 7, three of the Rangers' six walks turned into Cardinals runs.
Texas pitcher Scott Feldman became just the eighth reliever to walk three or more batters in Game 7 of a World Series. Feldman walked three batters -- including Yadier Molina with the bases loaded -- in just two-thirds of an inning.
Feldman also became just the fifth pitcher to allow two or more earned runs despite not conceding a hit in a World Series appearance. Three of those five such outings have come in the past three years, with Feldman's teammate Derek Holland doing it in 2010 and the Yankees' Phil Hughes in 2009.
The Cardinals and Rangers both used more pitchers in this year's Fall Classic than any team had used before. St. Louis sent 37 pitchers to the mound throughout the World Series and Texas used 35, both exceeding the 2002 Giants' previous record of 33.
St. Louis reached base 107 times in the Series, good for the fifth-highest total in World Series history and the most since 1997. In the '97 Fall Classic, the Indians put a record 115 runners on base and the Marlins had 108 baserunners.
Once those Cardinals runners were on base, however, they didn't move until the ball was put in play or they were forced to. St. Louis became just the seventh team to not steal a base in a seven-game Fall Classic. With the Rangers tallying just one swipe of their own, it marked the 13th time in World Series history that the teams stole just one combined base.
Rafael Furcal's fifth-inning RBI was the 22nd to come out of the No. 7 spot in the Cardinals' lineup this postseason. Not only was the seven-hole the most run-productive spot in St. Louis' order this October, but its No. 7 hitters recorded more RBIs than any other World Series-winning team's No. 7 hitters have.
Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter became just the 14th starter to win four games in a single postseason. Only two players -- Angels reliever Francisco Rodriguez (2002) and Diamondbacks starter Randy Johnson ('01, one relief win) -- have notched five postseason victories in one year.
Pinch-hitter Yorvit Torrealba's seventh-inning flyout closed out a dismal postseason for Rangers' pinch-hitters. Texas pinch-hitters failed to record a hit in their 11 postseason at-bats, going 0-for-11 with five strikeouts.
St. Louis committed Game 7's lone error, a far cry from the Cards and Rangers' five combined misplays in Game 6. Even with just one error Friday night, the teams combined for 14 errors in the World Series, the highest Fall Classic total since 1982, when the Cardinals and Brewers totaled 18.
The Rangers are the 10th team in Major League history to lose back-to-back World Series and the first since the 1991-92 Braves.
The home team has won each of the last nine World Series Game 7s and is 19-17 in those games all-time. The last time a road team won a decisive World Series game was when the 1979 Pirates defeated the Orioles.
Molina's 10 career World Series RBIs in his 15 Fall Classic contests are tied for eighth most among catchers, and fourth-most all-time among National League catchers behind Tim McCarver (11), Roy Campanella (12) and Johnny Bench (14).
Paul Casella is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.