The Cardinals' improbable run to the 2011 World Series Championship featured an unforgettable regular season filled with highlights, lowlights and everything in between.
Before we move into 2012, here's a final look at the Cardinals' Top 11 offensive performances of the 2011 season:
No. 11 - Skip Schumaker - June 19 vs. Kansas City: Schumaker entered as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the sixth inning and singled to bring home Andrew Brown and put the Cardinals up 4-3 on the visiting Royals. But his biggest hit came in his next at-bat in the ninth, a game-ending home run that broke a 4-4 tie and gave the Cardinals a dramatic 5-4 walk-off win.
No. 10 - Lance Berkman - April 15 at Los Angeles: After catching fire earlier in the week in Arizona, Berkman had his second two-homer game of the week on a early-season Friday night at Dodgers Stadium. Berkman went 2-for-4 with two solo home runs, one to start the second inning and another to start the fourth, to leas the Cardinals to an 11-2 win.
No. 9 - Albert Pujols - July 22 at Pittsburgh: Pujols continued his dominance of Pirate pitching at PNC Park, going 4-for-5 with a home run, two doubles, two RBI and a run scored in a 6-4 win. Pujols gave the Cardinals a 2-0 lead with a two-run shot to left in the top of the first inning before doubling in the second, singling in the seventh and doubling again in the ninth.
No. 8 - Matt Holliday - July 5 vs. Cincinnati: Holliday continued the 4th of July fireworks display a night later, going 2-for-4 with two home runs and 4 RBI in an 8-1 win over the Reds at Busch Stadium. With Albert Pujols out of the lineup with a broken wrist, Holliday homered from the No. 3 spot in the lineup in the bottom of the first inning before connecting on a three-run blast to center in the fifth that blew the game open.
No. 7 - Albert Pujols - August 11 vs. Milwaukee: With the Cardinals trying to catch the Brewers in the N.L. Central race, Pujols goes 4-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in a 5-3 win. Pujols followed a leadoff home run from Rafael Furcal with a solo shot of his own in the first inning to tie the game at 2 before singling home another run in the fifth to put the Cardinals up 3-2. Pujols added two more hits, finishing with his second of three four-hit games on the season.
No. 6 - Allen Craig - September 18 at Philadelphia: Craig introduces himself to the national audience on Sunday Night Baseball, going 3-for-4 with two home runs, a double, three RBI and three runs scored in a 5-0 win over the Phillies. Craig hits a two-run blast off starter Cole Hamels in the sixth inning to put the Cardinals up 4-0 before adding an insurance run with a solo shot in the eighth off Joe Blanton.
No. 5 - Yadier Molina - May 22 at Kansas City: Molina goes 4-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored in a 9-8 Cardinals win. Molina doubled and scored in the second inning before pulling off a rare feat in the fourth. The slow-footed catcher tripled for just the third time in his career, scoring Lance Berkman and Colby Rasmus to put the Cardinals up 5-1. A wild throw from the first baseman allowed Molina to score from third on the play.
No. 4 - Allen Craig - August 17 at Pittsburgh: With the Cardinals' ship quickly sinking in the N.L. Central race, Craig does his best to keep them alive with a 4-for-5 performance and two home runs against the Pirates at PNC Park. Craig homered in the first inning, doubled in the fifth and homered again in the seventh as part of a four-hit day that helped lead the Cardinals to a 7-2 win. Craig finished with three RBI and two runs scored in his first of two two-homer games on the season.
No. 3 - Lance Berkman - April 28 at Houston: Berkman continued a strong April by punishing his former team, going 4-for-5 with two home runs, a double, 5 RBI and three runs scored to leas the Cardinals to a 11-7 win at Minute Maid Park. In his best game of the season, Berkman doubled in the fifth, launched a three-run homer in the sixth inning, singled home a run in the same inning and then connected on a solo shot to start the ninth inning.
No. 2 - Albert Pujols - September 1 in Milwaukee: With the Cardinals looking to sweep the Brewers at Miller Park and inch closer in the playoff race, Pujols put together another vintage performance in a 8-4 win. Pujols went 4-for-4 with two home runs, 5 RBI and three runs - in what turned out to be his second best game of the season. Pujols hit a solo home run in the first and a grand slam in the third before adding singles in the fifth and seventh innings.
No. 1 - Albert Pujols - June 4 vs. Chicago: In the first of two consecutive games with walk-off home runs to beat the Cubs at Busch Stadium, Pujols went 3-for-4 with two home runs, 4 RBI and three runs scored in a 5-4 12-inning win. Pujols broke a scoreless tie with a solo shot in the fourth inning and added an RBI double in the sixth. But his best swing came in the 12th, a long solo home run to left that sent the Cardinals home winners. Pujols homered in the bottom of the tenth the next afternoon to beat the Cubs again.