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Against the Braves on October 3, 2000, Cardinal rookie starter Rick Ankiel sets a modern day major league record by uncorking five wild pitches in the third inning of Game 1 of NLDS against the Atlanta Braves.

He joins Buffalo’s Bert Cunningham, who accomplished the same feat in the first inning in an 1890 Players League contest.

LaRussa has stated that putting Ankiel into Game One of the 2000 NLDS was “a decision that perhaps haunts him more than any he has ever made.”

Unfortunately for the Braves, the Cardinals won the game.

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