Top 3: hit a sacrifice fly to right field against Narveson
Top 5: struck out swinging against Kameron Loe
Top 7: called out on strikes against Takashi Saito
Top 9: called out on strikes against John Axford
Final Line: 0-for-4, 4 K, RBI
Notes: Punto’s golden sombrero against the Brewers on Sunday night was his first of the season, as well as the first by a National League player this postseason. In a game where the Cardinals pushed across 12 runs on 14 hits, Punto was the only starter that failed to record a hit.
His four-strikeout performance was the third of his 11-year career, with the other two occurring as a member of the Twins in 2006 and 2008. After striking out in 12.7% of his at-bats during the regular season—his career mark is 16.3%—Punto has struck out in 11 of his 21 at-bats this postseason.
Most importantly, Punto’s postseason sombrero gives me a chance to drop this graphic once again:
Total 2011 Sombreros: 125
Total 2011 Postseason Sombreros: 2