The St. Louis Cardinals got some crucial postseason runs on a booming opposite-field hit to right field from David Freese on Monday, if you can believe it. After the Washington Nationals pushed a run across early the Cardinals rallied in the bottom of the second with base hits from Allen Craig and Yadier Molina to start their half of the frame. That left Jordan Zimmermann to face David Freese, who took a 3-1 pitch to the base of the wall over Bryce Harper's head.
That scored Craig and began in earnest a four-run inning, leaving Freese, once again, as the Cardinals' primary postseason instigator. Freese also had two of the Cardinals' three hits in their Game 1 loss on Sunday. The RBI is number 22 in his postseason career, which spans 71 at-bats.
The Cardinals now lead 5-1 in the bottom of the third, having been boosted by a moonshot from Craig around the foul pole. Jaime Garcia is already out of the game, replaced by Lance Lynn after a shaky start, but thanks to the Cardinals' offense—led, somehow, by David Freese again—it doesn't feel like a panic move.