David Freese Inspires Puns, Fear; St. Louis Cardinals Tie Series At 2

Okay, here's the official David Freese Pun of SB Nation St. Louis: "Freese Frames." As the official website puts it, the St. Louis Cardinals were "Freese 'birds" Wednesday night, with their oft-injured third baseman doubling and homering off Roy Oswalt to drive in four of the Cardinals' five runs on the way to a series-tying 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Edwin Jackson allowed two runs in six innings to pick up his first career playoff victory; Jason Motte picked a perfect ninth inning for his second NLDS save. 

The Phillies scored two runs in the first inning, but the Cardinals, who've inspired an almost unwavering confidence in comeback situations since their September run began, halved the deficit in the bottom of the first when Lance Berkman doubled in a run. From there it was all David Freese—in the fourth he laced a double hard down the left field line, and in the sixth he hit a long home run onto the grass in dead-center field. Oswalt struck out five and walked one and generally looked sharp, as he typically does with a chance to confound the Cardinals' playoff hopes, but Freese came up each time the Cardinals had a chance to rally and made sure it happened.

The Cardinals and Phillies will reconvene Friday for all the marbles—Game 5 of the NLDS is set for 7:30 PM CDT in Philadelphia, to be televised on TBS. Chris Carpenter will line up against Roy Halladay

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