Rangers starter Derek Holland became the first pitcher since Nelson Briles in 1971 to throw at least 8 1/3 scoreless innings and allow two or fewer hits in a World Series game. Holland is also the only pitcher in World Series history to put up those kinds of numbers and not finish the game. The other 14 pitchers who hurled that many scoreless innings and allowed two hits or fewer all finished the game for the shutout. Unfortunately for Cardinals starter Edwin Jackson, he added his name to a less impressive list. Jackson became just the third pitcher in the last 30 years -- and 15th overall -- to issue seven or more walks in a Fall Classic outing. Unlike Jackson, however, the last four pitchers who had walked seven or more batters in a World Series game went on to win those outings.
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|Jerry Koosman||26||NYM||8 2/3||2||1|
Jackson's night got off to a rough start when the Rangers jumped on him in the first inning for a 1-0 lead. The Cards right-hander has allowed at least one first-inning run in three of his four postseason starts, as he continues to struggle in the opening frame. Jackson posted a 6.39 ERA during the first inning in the regular season, by far his highest mark for any frame. As for the Cardinals' offense, their two hits were the fewest since the Braves recorded the same amount in Game 1 of the 1999 World Series against the Yankees. It was the 27th time in World Series history that a team recorded two or fewer hits, and the third time that the Cardinals have done so (1967 Game 2; '31 Game 4). Of the 21 times that a team recorded exactly two hits, this was just the third time that both hits came from the same player. Lance Berkman joined Frank Howard (1963) and Pepper Martin ('31) as the only players to record both of their respective club's hits in a single game. Albert Pujols went hitless in four at-bats just one night after joining Babe Ruth (twice) and Reggie Jackson as the only players in World Series history to homer three times in one game. Jackson accomplished his feat in the Yankees' 1977 series-clinching game, and one of Ruth's three-homer performances also came in a series-ending contest. As for the other, Ruth followed it up in similar fashion to Pujols, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout. The Cardinals are tied at two games apiece for the 10th time in their 18 World Series appearances. In their previous nine such series, the Cardinals have gone on to win all but two of them. When the World Series is tied, 2-2, under the current playoff format, the team that won Game 4 has gone on to win the series 18 of 34 times. As for the team that holds home-field advantage in those 2-2 series, those clubs are 21-13 all-time.
Paul Casella is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.