St. Louis Cardinals Defeat Los Angeles Dodgers, Advance to Fourth Straight NLCS


After a highly competitive four-game National League Division Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Dodgers 3-2 in Tuesday’s Game 4 and took the series, advancing to their fourth straight National League Championship Series.

The highlight of the game was a three-run homer by Matt Adams in the seventh inning which netted the Cardinals their only three runs. Despite a spectacular effort by Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw which had only seen him give up two hits prior to the seventh inning, he broke down in the seventh and gave up singles to Matt Holliday and Jhonny Peralta before ultimately giving up the fatal homer to Adams, who had hit just .190 with three homers in 121 at-bats against lefthanded pitchers this season.

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With this upcoming NLCS against the winner of the series between the San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals, the Cardinals will have advanced to the League Championship Series in every year since 2011. It’s an impressive feat for third-year manager Mike Matheny, who despite drawing the ire of many fans across Cardinal Nation for questionable strategic moves, has now advanced at least to the NLCS in every year of his managerial career. It’s also a huge testament to the Cardinals organization, as only two pitchers (Adam Wainwright and Lance Lynn) and four position players (Yadier Molina, Daniel Descalso, Jon Jay, and Matt Holliday) were on the postseason roster for the beginning of this incredible run back in 2011.

The NLCS will open up on Saturday at 7 PM Central time. Game 1 will be in St. Louis if the Giants hang on to win their series, but will be in Washington D.C. if the Nationals can rally from a 2-1 deficit to come back and advance.