Philadelphia Phillies v St Louis Cardinals - Game 4
Caption: ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Chase Utley #26 of the Philadelphia Phillies is tagged out at third by David Freese #23 of the St. Louis Cardinals after throw from Albert Pujols during the 6th inning of Game 4 of the National League Division Series on October 5, 2011 at Busch Stadium in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Date created: 05 Oct 2011
This base was the ACTUAL base in which Albert Pujols threw out Chase Utley at 3rd base on October 5th, 2011. This was one of the GREATEST plays in St. Louis Cardinals PLAYOFF HISTORY!! In the top of the sixth, with the Cardinals holding a one-run lead, Chase Utley broke for second with the pitch on an apparent hit-and-run. Hunter Pence hit a grounder to shortstop. As Rafael Furcal went to throw the ball to first base and record the easy out, Utley took a huge gamble and tried to get to third base. Pujols saw Utley take off, and came off the bag to get the ball and throw Utley out at third base. He got him by several feet with a perfect throw -- see the picture above. Had Pujols stayed on the base, Utley would have been on third with just one out and Ryan Howard coming to the plate. A sacrifice fly would then tie the game. But Pujols instinctively came off the bag and nailed the lead runner.