Long after the smoke had cleared from the celebratory fireworks and hours after his torn jersey had been collected, authenticated and stamped with a hologram for the Hall of Fame, Cardinals third baseman David Freese exchanged texts with teammate Jon Jay late Thursday night.

As they replayed Game 6 through their conversation, Freese said they focused on the series of essential plays that came between Freese's game-tying triple and his walk-off homer in the 11th inning. The 10-9 victory against Texas that forced Friday's World Series Game 7 will be remembered for the biggest blows of the night.

But behind them were hidden heroics.

"We were talking about how ... there were so, so many small things that allowed the other things to happen, small things that may go unnoticed, and really shouldn't," Freese said in between rounds of batting practice Friday afternoon. "People who are around the game know that those are the things that let the big stuff occur."

As the Cardinals rallied five times from deficits, including twice being down to their final strike, they paved the way to Freese's extra-base jolts with incremental baseball. Kyle Lohse punched a sacrifice bunt in the 10th inning that moved the tying run into scoring position. In his first at-bat as a replacement for Matt Holliday, Allen Craig had a solo homer that inched the Cardinals back from a three-run deficit. Albert Pujols, if anything he does can be lost in the shuffle, cracked a double in the ninth inning to spur the Cardinals' first rally. Jake Westbrook pitched the first scoreless frame of extra innings to give the Cardinals a chance to win the game and not, for the first time, erase a deficit.

And Jay and Daniel Descalso, two October rookies, had four hits in their final four at-bats, including a hit apiece off a lefty to spark the 10th inning rally.

"You had to take all of the things that factored into the win," Descalso said. "It took almost the whole 25-man roster to survive and to come back and to come back again and then, finally, go ahead. A lot of little things happened."

Jay and Descalso had the biggest of those little things.

In the 10th inning, Texas manager Ron Washington went to veteran Darren Oliver to replace closer Neftali Feliz and, specifically, erase the two young lefthanded hitters the Cardinals had coming up to lead off the inning. The Rangers held a two-run lead, 9-7, on the strength of Josh Hamilton's two-run homer, and they were three outs away from the franchise's first World Series championship.

Oliver held lefties to a .227 average during this past season, and he struck out one out of every four he faced. Descalso batted .190 against lefties this season. Jay fared much better — .287 average against lefties — but has struggled mightily through this postseason. He took a one-for-17 World Series into his at-bat against Oliver.

"If you watch us play, if you watch what Dan did, he has been clutch as anybody on our club," manager Tony La Russa said. "He's just been a real clutch, winning player. ... And Jon, I mean, he's in a struggle right now but against lefthanders ... he's a tough out against them. We were fortunate we had a couple of guys who were going to compete and make something happen."

Descalso led off the 10th inning and after getting ahead in the count 2-1, he fouled off four consecutive pitches from Oliver before lashing a single to right field.

Jay followed with an 0-1 lofted single to left.

"I've had to do that a lot this year," said Descalso, who had a series of late-and-close base hits in middle of the regular season. "It's not like it's something that's new to me. I'm comfortable in that role coming off the bench. I'm ready to play in that situation. I know to have a short, compact swing and get a good pitch to swing."

With those two lefties on base, Edwin Jackson went to the plate. La Russa hadn't expected to have him announced and quickly had to burn him to get the bat in Lohse's hand. A better bunter, Lohse spied that the Rangers' corners were crashing from their positions. On the second pitch he saw from Oliver, Lohse tried to shove his bunt past the onrushing third baseman Adrian Beltre. He got it in the air, but past Beltre's glove to move Jay and Descalso ahead.

"If you push it too hard you're going to get a double play there, at least," La Russa said. "That's what keeps bunt defenses honest is a guy like that."

Descalso scored on Ryan Theriot's groundout, and Jay followed him home when Lance Berkman lined a two-strike base hit to center. That tied the game and set the stage.

Descalso and Jay didn't start the game. Lohse had only one appearance in the game. Yet, combined they had four hits and one key bunt that led the game to Freese's eventual winner.

That was the gist of his texts with Jay.

The power means little without the prelude.

"Those four (at-bats) right there," Freese said. "Hamilton hits the home run, then this happens, that happens, and they're not throwaway (at-bats), but if you don't get a hit, you know where things are going. In that situation, coming off the bench like they did — anybody who has played the game knows how hard it is to come off the bench in that situation. It is borderline impossible to get something going there, and they did it twice."



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1926

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The Cardinals defeat the Yankees four games to three to claim their first World Series. Grover Cleveland Alexander wins the second and sixth games, then comes on to save the seventh.

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  • Miller Huggins (right) saw the genius of Rogers Hornsby early and gave him valuable advice as a rookie. A 1926 reunion after Hornsby had led St. Louis to its first pennant and faced Huggins' New York Yankees in the World Series. (Post-Dispatch file photo)

  • St. Louis goes wild over the 1926 pennant victory.

  • Grover Cleveland Alexander enters Game 7 in relief, after pitching a complete Game 6

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1931

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Pepper Martin, the Wild Horse of the Osage, paces the Cards by stealing five bases, collecting 12 hits and batting .500 as the Cards down the Philadelphia Athletics four games to two.

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  • OCT. 1, 1931 -- Before the start of Game 1 in the 1931 World Series between the Cardinals and the Athletics: Capt. Frankie Frisch of the Cardinals, Eddie Collins of the Athletics, and umpires Nallin, Stark, McGowan and Klem. (Post-Dispatch file photo)

  • OCT. 6, 1931 -- Crowds gather outside Hunleth Music Co. at 516 Locust Street to listen to the radio broadcast of the St. Louis Cardinals playing against the Philadelphia Athletics during the Game 4 of the 1931 World Series. (This photograph was taken by Harold Sneckner and is part of the Sievers Collection, Missouri Historical Society)

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1934

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The "Gas House Gang" wins the National League pennant on the final day of the season, then defeats Detroit in a seven-game World Series. Dizzy and Paul Dean each win two games.

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  • OCT. 5, 1934 -- Detroit Tigers' second baseman Charlie Gehringer (left) talks things over with Joe Medwick, left fielder of the St. Louis Cardinals, just before the start of Game 3 of the World Series in St. Louis. (AP file photo)

  • OCT. 6, 1934 -- In Game 4 of the World Series, the Cardinals sent Dizzy Dean to first base as a pinch runner. The next batter hit a ground ball. The throw to first base struck Dean's head, knocking him unconscious. He was taken to a hospital. (Post-Dispatch file photo)

  • OCT. 8, 1934 -- Joe "Ducky" Medwick of the Cardinals stands in left field amid debris thrown by irate fans during Game 6 of the World Series in Detroit. (AP file photo)

  • OCT. 8, 1934 -- Four Cardinals gather in the clubhouse after a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers: Dizzy Dean; his brother Paul, who won his own game with a single; manager Frank Frisch; and catcher Bill DeLancey. (AP file photo)

  • 1934 -- Brothers Paul Dean (left) and Dizzy Dean, are triumphant heroes after the Cardinals won the 1934 Series. The Deans won two games each after Dizzy captured 30 and Paul, a rookie, 29 in the regular season. Between them in the photo is Dizzy's wife, Pat. (Post-Dispatch file photo)

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1942

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After losing the first game of the Series to the Yankees, the Cards storm back to win four straight. Third baseman Whitey Kurowski hits a two-run, ninth-inning homer in the clincher.

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  • OCT. 1942: From left: Jimmy Brown, Terry Moore, Enos Slaughter, Stan Musial, Walker Cooper, Johnny Hopp, Whitey Kurowski, Marty Marion, Mort Cooper and Billy Southworth of the St. Louis Cardinals. (Post-Dispatch file photo)

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  • OCT. 6, 1942 -- Cardinals fans made their presence known in downtown, celebrating the team's World Series victory. (Post-Dispatch file photo)

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1944

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In a pitching-dominated, all-St. Louis World Series, the Cards down the Browns four games to two. The teams combine to strike out a six-game Series' record 92 batters.

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  • OCT. 4, 1944 -- This picture taken from the upper grandstand along left field foul line at Sportsman's Park shows part of the crowd of 33,242 fans that attended opening game of the World Series. Dennis Galehouse of the Browns, the winning pitcher is winding up on the mound, and Danny Litwhiler, left fielder for the Cardinals, is the batter. (Post-Dispatch file photo)

  • OCT. 7, 1944 -- Young fans of the Cardinals and the Browns cheer during Game 4. It was a Saturday, so no hooky was necessary. (Post-Dispatch file photo)

  • OCT. 9, 1944 -- Children from local Catholic, Protestant and Jewish orphanages meet two of the pros before Game 6. In uniform are (left) Cardinals pitcher Mort Cooper and Browns manager Luke Sewell. Cooper had pitched a complete game in the Cardinals' Game 5 victory. Chaperones are (from left) David Berger and the Rev. H.L. Byrne. (Post-Dispatch file photo)

  • OCT. 9, 1944 -- Cardinals catcher Walker Cooper (right) congratulates Ted Wilks, who pitched the final 3 2/3 innings in the championship victory in Game 6. (Post-Dispatch file photo)

  • OCT. 9, 1944 -- Cardinals manager Billy Southworth (center) hugs his winning Game 6 pitching staff -- starter Max Lanier (left), who had already taken his shower, and closer Ted Wilks. (Post-Dispatch file photo)

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1946

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Enos Slaughter's "mad dash" from first to home on a double to left-center by Harry Walker is the winning run in a Game 7 win over the Red Sox.

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  • OCT. 6, 1946 -- Robert Curtis, 10, and his father, Walter Curtis, both of Kansas City, were Nos. 1 & 2 when this bleacher window opened in the morning. (Post-Dispatch file photo)

  • OCT. 9, 1946 -- Stan Musial of the Cardinals find himself trapped between second and third base in the first inning of Game 3. Behind him is Red Sox pitcher Davd (Boo) Ferriss, who has just thrown to third basemen Pinky Higgins for the tag. Musial had walked, stolen second as Wagner threw low into center field. Then Musial strayed too far off base and Ferriss wheeled fast to catch him flat-footed. Musial, in desperation, then broke for third (International News Photos)

  • OCT. 13, 1946 -- Confetti pours down on bleacherites, whose beaming faces tell the world that the St. Louis Cardinals, scoring three runs in the third, were on their way to the 4-1 victory over Boston's Red Sox in Game 6, to tie up the World Series three-all at Sportsman's Park. (File photo)

  • OCT. 15, 1946 -- Enos Slaughter, slides across home plate scoring the Cardinals' fourth run, which proved to be the series payoff run, in the eighth inning of World Series Game 7 in St. Louis. Umpire is Al Barlick. (AP file photo)

  • OCT. 15, 1946 -- National League president Ford Frick is top man in the Cardinals dressing room after the Redbirds won the World Series, defeating the Boston Red Sox. Clyde Kluttz is in the center, Stan Musial is at lower left, and Dick Sisler (15) is in the lower right. (AP file photo)

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1964

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The Cards beat the Yankees in a seven-game series. Bob Gibson wins two games, Ken Boyer hits a grand slam to win Game 4 and Tim McCarver hits a 10th-inning homer to win Game 5.

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  • OCT. 8, 1964 -- Cardinals catcher Bob Uecker, clowns around during the workout by playing a tuba near the bleachers at Busch Stadium before the start of the Game 2 of the World Series against the Yankees. (AP file photo)

  • OCT. 12, 1964 -- Bob Gibson rears back and fires during Game 5 of the World Series at Yankee Stadium. Gibson went all the way for a 5-2 win. (AP file photo)

  • OCT. 15, 1964 -- Cardinal third baseman Ken Boyer slides safely into home during the fifth inning of Game 7 of the World Series. Yankees catcher Elston Howard lets the throw from right fielder Mickey Mantle get by him. Boyer scored after the catch.

  • OCT. 15, 1964 -- Cardinals pitcher Bob Gibson is embraced by third baseman Ken Boyer as catcher Tim McCarver rushes up to congratulate the right hander. Their embrace came after the final out in Game 7 of the World Series, which the Cardinals won 7-5, with Gibson going all the way. (AP file photo)

  • OCT. 15, 1964 -- Fans rush onto the field at Busch Stadium after the Cardinals defeated the Yankees in Game 7 of the World Series in St. Louis. (Post-Dispatch file photo)

  • OCT. 16, 1964 -- Women whoop it up at Sixth and Olive streets to celebrate the Cardinals' World Series victory. (Post-Dispatch file photo)

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1967

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Bob Gibson pitches three complete-game wins as the Cards beat Boston in seven games. Lou Brock bats .414 and sets a Series record by stealing seven bases.

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  • OCT. 7, 1967 -- Home plate umpire Frank Umont halts World Series Game 3 in the first inning to warn managers Red Schoendienst of the Cardinals and Dick Williams of the Red Sox about any "brush back" pitches. The incident followed a low, inside pitch by Cardinals hurler Nelson Briles which hit Carl Yastremski in the leg. (Gene Pospeshil / Post-Dispatch file photo)

  • OCT. 8, 1967 -- Cardinals catcher Tim McCarver presents former Cardinals star Frank Frisch with the baseball that Frisch threw out to start Game 4 of the World Series at Busch Stadium. Flanking Frisch are baseball commissioner William D. Eckert, left, and Cardinal president August A. Busch, Jr. Others from left are Sen. Edward Long, Mrs. Busch, and Senator Stuart Symington. File staff photo

  • OCT. 8, 1967 -- Cardinals cathcer Tim McCarver has a big greeting for pitcher Bob Gibson after Gibson blanked the Boston Red Sox, 6-0 in Game 4 of the World Series at Busch Stadium. (Lynn T. Spence / Post-Dispatch file photo)

  • OCT. 11, 1967 -- Outfielder Lou Brock's headlong slide beats Red Sox catcher Elston Howard's desperate tag, giving the Cardinals a 2-1 lead in the third inning of Game 6 of the World Series. Brock scored from second on a single by Curt Flood. The Red Sox won 8-4 in Boston. (UPI file photo)

  • OCT. 12, 1967 -- Orlando Cepeda is doused with champagne by Dave Ricketts as the Cardinals whoop it up in their dressing room after winning Game 7 of the World Series, 7-2, in Boston. The Redbirds are (left to right) Tim McCarver, coach Joe Schultz, Nelson Briles, Cepeda, Joe Hoerner, Dal Maxvill, Ricketts, Bob Tolan and Julian Javier. (UPI file photo)

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1982

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The "Whitey-ball" Cardinals rally from a 3-2 deficit to beat the Brewers in seven games, bringing a World Series championship back to St. Louis for the first time in 15 years.

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  • OCT. 13, 1982 -- Ozzie Smith applauds his seventh-inning steal of second base, while Robin Yount dejectedly puts the ball back into his glove during Game 2 of the World Series. (Post-Dispatch file photo)

  • OCT. 18, 1982 -- Cardinals fans gather at Lambert Field to welcome the team back to St. Louis after playing three games in Milwaukee. The Cards trailed in the World Series at this point 3-2.

  • OCT. 20, 1982 -- Ozzie Smith throws to first after forcing out Robin Yount in the sixth inning of Game 7 against the Milwaukee Brewers. (Post-Dispatch file photo)

  • OCT. 1982 -- Bruce Sutter of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts after one of his two saves against Milwaukee Brewers during the World Series. (Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

  • OCT. 20, 1982 -- The scoreboard says it all as hundreds of Cardinals fans rush onto the diamond to celebrate the Cardinals' 6-3 victory over Milwaukee to win the World Series. (Post-Dispatch file photo)

  • OCT. 21, 1982 -- Ecstatic Cardinals fans reach out to touch the hand of Bruce Sutter, right, during a World Series victory parade. The size of the crowd, estimated at more than 100,000, slowed the parade to a crawl as it moved south along Broadway near the Old Courthouse. (Post-Dispatch file photo)

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2006

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With a playoff berth not secured until the regular season's final day, the Cardinals storm through the postseason and beat Detroit four games to one to capture their 10th World Series.

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  • OCT. 22, 2006 -- A smudge on the left hand of Detroit Tigers pitcher Kenny Rogers caused controversy in Game 2 of the World Series at Comerica Park in Detroit, Mich. (Laurie Skrivan / Post-Dispatch)

  • OCT. 24, 2006 -- Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter celebrates after a double play got him safely out of the eighth inning of Game 3 of the World Series. (Chris Lee / Post-Dispatch)

  • OCT. 27, 2006 -- David Eckstein hits a broken-bat RBI single to score Yadier Molina in the second inning of Game 5 of the World Series. (Laurie Skrivan / Post-Dispatch)

  • OCT. 27, 2006 -- Pitcher Adam Wainwright and catcher Yadier Molina celebrate after Wainwright struck out the Tigers' Brandon Inge to win Game 5. (Laurie Skrivan / Post-Dispatch)

  • OCT. 27, 2006 -- Winning pitcher Scott Weaver, tears in his eyes, embraces So Taguchi after Game 5 of the World Series. (Laurie Skrivan / Post-Dispatch)

  • OCT. 29, 2006 -- Fans line Market Street as the St. Louis Cardinals parade in front of Busch Stadium. (Post-Dispatch file photo)

  • OCT. 29, 2006 -- First baseman Albert Pujols waves to the crowd along Market Street during the parade for the World Series champions. (Huy Mach / Post-Dispatch)

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2011

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The Cardinals overcome a 10½-game deficit in the final month to win the Wild Card on the season's final day. That success carries over to the postseason, which ends with a Game 7 World Series' win over Texas.

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  • OCT. 19, 2011 -- Chris Carpenter looks up after making a sliding play to record an out at first base during Game 1 of the World Series. (Chris Lee/Post-Dispatch)

  • OCT. 22, 2011 -- Albert Pujols swats his third home run of the night in the ninth inning of Game 3 of against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The Cardinals won 16-7. (Laurie Skrivan/Post-Dispatch)

  • OCT. 24, 2011 -- Cardinals manager Tony La Russa talks with pitcher Lance Lynn before relieving him in the eighth inning of Game 5 of the World Series. Lynn faced one batter and appeared to walk him intentionally. (Chris Lee/Post-Dispatch)

  • OCT. 27, 2011 -- David Freese celebrates after hitting the game-winning home run for the Cardinals. Texas pitcher Mark Lowe (right) gave up the homer in the 11th inning of Game 6 in St. Louis. (Chris Lee/Post-Dispatch)

  • OCT. 28, 2011 -- Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter races up the dugout steps onto the field as outfielder Lance Berkman embraces manager Tony La Russa after the final out of Game 7. (Chris Lee/Post-Dispatch)

  • OCT. 28, 2011 -- Cardinals third baseman David Freese celebrates with fans on the field after the Cardinals won their 11th championship. (Chris Lee/Post-Dispatch)

  • OCT. 28, 2011 -- Cardinals players including Mitchell Boggs (center) celebrate in the clubhouse after Game 7 of the World Series. (Chris Lee/Post-Dispatch)

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