October is a beautiful time of year, with the MLB postseason in full swing (no pun intended. Okay plenty of pun intended), the NFL season showing the true contenders and the true flops, and the NBA season on the verge of beginning. Two winner-takes-all elimination games on the same night. Magical words to a sports fan.
The St. Louis Cardinals defeat the Atlanta Braves 13-1 and the Washington Nationals defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-3 to advance to the National League Championship Series.
Mike Foltynewicz started on the mound for the Braves, their ace who kept the Cardinals scoreless through seven innings just five days prior. After allowing Dexter Fowler and Paul Goldschmidt to get on base, Marcell Ozuna hit a single to score Fowler, starting a historic inning for the Cardinals.
From there, Foltynewicz would allow the score to become 4-0 before being yanked off the mound. He would be replaced by Max Fried, who unbelievably performed worse. The top of the first inning ended with the Cardinals being in the lead 10-0.
After more impressive hitting in the second and third inning, the Cardinals had a comfortable 13-0 lead going into the bottom of the third inning, where the Braves would score their only run from a Josh Donaldson homerun.
The 91-71 Cardinals, winners of the painfully close NL Central, advance to the NLCS for the first time since 2014.
The Cardinals will play the Nationals, who beat the Dodgers 7-3 on the same night.
Stephen Strasburg started on the mound for the Nationals, allowing the Dodgers jump out to a 3-0 lead in the first two innings. Walker Buehler started for the Dodgers, giving the Nationals few scoring opportunities until the sixth inning, where he allowed his one and only run of the night.
With a 3-1 lead in the top of the eighth inning, Clayton Kershaw took the mound for the Dodgers for a chance to close out the series and advance through the postseason. The Dodgers have spent the decade in a constant cycle of hope and disappointment, losing in the previous two World Series’.
The eventual pain for Dodgers fans would come, as Kershaw allowed two homeruns in the top of the eighth inning, tying the score for a game that would eventually go into extra innings.
In extra innings, with Joe Kelly pitching for the Dodgers, Howie Kendrick hit a go-ahead grand slam to give the Nationals a 7-3 lead, which would be the final score of the game. The Nationals advance to the NLCS to play the Cardinals.