The St. Louis Cardinals are back in the World Series after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-0 in game six of the NLCS. The Dodgers were hoping to return to the World Series themselves after the upstart of Yasiel Puig took the Major League Baseball world by storm.
When they arrived in Busch Stadium on Friday night, the Dodgers had to be hoping for a better outing, one that would have continued their season. Sending Clayton Kershaw to the mound, the Dodgers ace was supposed to shut down the Cardinal offense and allow their offense to take over.
The result could not have been further from that. Cardinal fans went home happy, their team is once again just four wins from a World Series title.
Carlos Beltran and the Cardinals erupted early on to take control of the game with a four run third inning.
Not that they were done scoring, the fifth inning ended up even better than the third inning for the Cardinals. Scoring five runs in the frame, the Cardinals quickly had a lead that would prove insurmountable for the Dodgers.
Rookie pitcher Michael Wacha was stellar for St. Louis, preventing the Dodgers from getting on the board in this one. Lasting seven innings, Wacha shut out Los Angeles while striking out five. He gave up just two hits and walked one. At just 22 years old, the future certainly looks good for Wacha.
Finishing their series early enables the Cardinals to play the waiting game and recharge their batteries as they gear up for their next opponent. The ALCS will be finishing up with the Boston Red Sox currently ahead 3-2 over the Detroit Tigers.
Should the Cardinals complete their season with a series victory over their American League opponent, they will bring home their third title since 2006. The last time they won it all was in 2011.
Senior Sports Editor
The Guardian Express