Both National League Division Series are over, and now we get a primere NLCS matchup in the Dodgers and Cardinals. Congratulations to both, and good luck next year to the Braves and Pirates.
Game 5 Recap: STL 6, PIT 1
The Pirates magical run has come to an end. For the Cardinals, their October run is just beginning, as they defeat the Pirates in game five of the NLDS 6-1, and move on to play the Dodgers for the pennant. Adam Wainwright threw a 107 pitch complete-game and David Freese homered, as the Cardinals move on to the National League Championship series again. The Pirates Gerrit Cole pitched five innings of two-run ball, working out of jams and keeping the Cardinals mostly at bay. Due to the lack of support (Alvarez's RBI Single), the Cardinals were still able to win this game and play the Dodgers in the NLCS.
Game 4 Recap: LAD 4, ATL 3
The Dodgers decided to start Clayton Kershaw on short rest, to try and finish off the series without much problem. If he didn't win, however, he wouldn't be able to start game one of the NLCS if they happened to win game five. He won. Pitching six strong innings yielding two runs (none earned), Kershaw pitched a great game, giving himself a great chance to win. A two run go-ahead blast from Juan Uribe won this game. Brian Wilson got the win, and the Dodgers will go to the National League Championship Series.
Game 4 Recap: STL 2, PIT 1
St. Louis pitcher Michael Wacha pitched fantastically, pitching a no-hitter into the eighth. It ended with a Pedro Alvarez homer, which sliced the Cardinals lead in half. After walking the following batter, Wacha was replaced by Carlos Martinez, who combined with Trevor Rosenthal to close out the Pirates in game four. Matt Holliday hit a two-run bomb off of Charlie Morton to provide the offense for St. Louis. They will play game five on Wednesday, where the winner will play in the National League Championship Series.
Game 3 Recap: LAD 13, ATL 6
The Los Angeles Dodgers did just what the score suggested, scoring early and often. Carl Crawford (2-5, HR, 3 R) hit a three run homer, and Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig each tallied two hits, as the Dodgers continued to show that they can shine in the spotlight. Their 2-1 lead could lead to the end of the series today, as they play again at Dodger Stadium today, with a chance to move on to the NL Championship Series.
Game 3 Recap: PIT 5, STL 3
The Pittsbugh Pirates resiliance was key in their game three victory. After losing leads of 2-0 and 3-2, the Pirates came back into the bottom of the eighth needing one run to take the lead and give the ball to Jason Grilli. Pedro Alvarez did just that, as he drove in the go-ahead RBI. Russell Martin and Marlon Byrd each drove in two runs as well, as the Pirates now have a commanding two to one game lead. They play again today in PNC with a chance to go to the NLCS.
Game 2 Recap: ATL 4, LAD 3