To win Game 5 of the NLDS, the Cardinals needed to perform better against the Braves starting Mike Foltynewicz than they did in Game 2.
The Cardinals hitters more than followed the said key to the game.
After failing to collect a single run in seven innings against Foltynewicz the last time they met him, the Cardinals blasted the Atlanta start Wednesday to boost their Cardinals blowout victory, 13-1.
St. Louis knocked Foltynewicz in seven runs, six of them earned, before being quickly removed from the action after recording just one single. 1
The Cardinals will now face the winner of Wednesday night's game between the Dodgers and Citizens of the NLCS beginning Friday. If the Dodgers win, the Cardinals will open the series on the road in Los Angeles for games 1 and 2. If they play Nationals, the NLCS will open in St. Louis. Louis for the first two games, before going to Washington DC for games 3, 4 and 5.
St. Louis & # 39; s promotion to the NLCS marks their tenth time since 2000. During that stretch, when the Cardinals reach the NLDS, they have hardly ever lost in that round. The Cardinals are a remarkable 10-3 in the NLDS going back to the beginning of the century.
The Cardinals 10 runs in the first frame Wednesday set a new post-season record for first-inning points, wiping out the previous mark on seven runs set by the Brewers in Game 2 of the 1958 World Series. St. Louis also tied the record for most postseason runs in all innings, matching several outings over the years, one of which dates back to the 1929 World Series.
In other words, it was an inning for history books.
Incredibly, the Cardinals didn't. After its starting lineup came into Game 5 with just three batting averages above .200 for the postseason, St. Louis runs in each of its first three innings Wednesday to jump out to a leading 13-0 lead over the Braves.
Every Cardinal starter started a run in the game, including Matt Carpenter, who finished the action before the Cardinals ever took the field. After his walk in the first round, he was replaced in the lineup for defensive purposes by Harrison Bader, who then picked up his own hit and RBI.
It is a pretty jaw-dropping result given the Cardinals' offensive fight with Flaherty on the mound. After falling short in the driving support department several times during Flaherty's historic second half, St. Louis a goose egg in Game 2 when Flaherty last met Foltynewicz.
Apparently, the crime has saved all of its driver support to be used on Wednesday.
After the kind of driving aid he has received throughout his wonderful second half, here's Jack Flaherty realizing that they saved all his runs for this day. I have to think he probably is fine with that. pic.twitter.com/Rd4xY3aQ4s
– Brenden Schaeffer (@ bschaeffer12) October 9, 2019
Flaherty a home run to Josh Donaldson in the fourth, but was otherwise his typical robust self. He compiled eight strikeouts in six strong innings.
Rarely is the game comfortable in the hand from the start, but that's what the Cardinals enjoyed on Wednesday. The only tense moments for St. Louis came after Jack Flaherty beat Ronald Acuna Jr. with a pitch of fifth. Although the Cardinals had a huge lead, Mike Shildt stuck with Flaherty to complete the inning. When the bases loaded, Flaherty Freddie Freeman leveled to end the inning, as did today's lone Braves threat.
Shildt was ready to remove Flaherty from the game at that time, but the young hurler told him he had another inning on him. Flaherty hit a clean six to face another fine outing, before letting the bull handle the rest.