Down to their last out and trailing 7-5, the St. Louis Cardinals did it again.
Just like the World Series last year, the Cardinals waited until their final strike to make their move. This time, it was a Daniel Descalso single into shallow center field, off the glove of SS Ian Desmond, that helped the Redbirds tie the game at 7. Pete Kozma followed with a 2 run single, scoring David Freese and Descalso to give St. Louis their victory at 9-7.
Things looked bleak after the Nationals played longball through the first 3 innings of the game. Bryce Harper drove in the first run of the game with a triple and home runs by Harper, Ryan Zimmerman, and Michael Morse gave the Nationals a 6-0 lead and sent starter Adam Wainwright to the showers after only 2 1/3 innings of work.
St. Louis would begin chipping away at the lead in the 4th on a Matt Holliday double, scoring Carlos Beltran. They added two more in the 5th, and solo runs in each of the 7th and 8th innings to get within 1. Washington added what they thought was insurance in the bottom of the 8th on a Kurt Suzuki single to go up 7-5, but closer Drew Storen blew his first save of the playoffs.
It’s the largest comeback in the 9th inning in NLDS history and sends the Cardinals to the NLCS for the second consecutive year. They’re also 6-0 in their last 6 elimination games. They’ll face the San Francisco Giants, who are in their second NLCS in the last 3 years and the two teams are the last two World Series winners.
Lance Lynn will get the ball in game 1 of the series. He’ll face off against Madison Bumgarner Sunday evening at 7pm. Our pregame coverage of the Cardinals begins at 6:10pm Sunday and you can hear all the action of your defending World Series champions on ESPN 100.5 KTGR.