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World Series Game 6: Former Indian Jake Westbrook Pitches Scoreless 11th For Cardinals, Gets Win

Jake Westbrook -- the 34-year-old, who pitched for the Cleveland Indians from 2001-2010 -- pitched the biggest inning of his life tonight for the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of the World Series. 

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After the Cardinals scored two runs with two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning to send the game to extras, and then needed another two runs with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning to stay alive for an 11th inning, a scoreless frame from their pitcher in the top half was absolutely necessary. After all, how many comebacks can the Cardinals really have this year?

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Well, Westbrook answered the call by retiring Nelson Cruz, David Murphy, and Esteban Guzman on seven pitches (10 total pitches in the inning). 

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That, of course, set the stage for the game-winning walk off home run for St. Louis native David Freese. Jake Westbrook earned the win, his second career postseason win. (His first was with the indians in 2007 against the Red Sox in the ALCS.)

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Game 7 tomorrow. Wow.

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Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.