Cardinals Are National League Champions!


Oct 18, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny (right) hoists National League championship trophy after game six of the National League Championship Series baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The St. Louis Cardinals are the 2013 National League Champions with a 9-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. This is the 19th National League pennant for St. Louis, the most in the national league. Michael Wacha was named NLCS MVP. Wacha is the 2nd rookie to win NLCS MVP. Livian Hernandez in 1997 with the Florida Marlins.

The Cardinals had two big innings that decided the game. In the 3rd inning, the Cardinals were able to break Cy Young contender Clayton Kershaw. In the 3rd inning, Matt Carpenter got the first hit of the inning with a double. Carlos Beltran was able to drive in the run and advance to second on the throw from Yasiel Puig. The Cardinals were able to get 3 more hits in the inning and Kershaw threw 48 pitches in the 3rd inning.

In the 5th inning, the Cardinals iced the game with a 5 run 5th inning. The Cardinals took advantage of the Dodgers’s mistakes despite only getting 4 hits in the inning. The Cardinals did get the inning started with 3 straight hits. Then sacrifice hits, fielder choice, and a wild pitch were enough to put the Cardinals up 9-0.

The Cardinals are off until Wednesday night when they will travel to either Detroit or Boston to begin the World Series.

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