Cardinals score 4 in 9th, hold off Braves 7-6 in NLDS opener
ATLANTA (AP) — Marcell Ozuna and Kolten Wong each hit two-run doubles in the ninth inning as the St. Louis Cardinals overcame shaky defense and a wild finish to extend Atlanta’s postseason misery, holding off the Braves 7-6 in Game 1 of the NL Division Series on Thursday night. The Cardinals, back in the playoffs for the first time since 2015, fell behind 3-1 _ hurt by their normally reliable defense. But Paul Goldschmidt homered in the eighth, sparking a two-run outburst that tied it 3. In the ninth, the Cardinals blew it open against Braves closer Mark Melancon.Dexter Fowler and Tommy Edman singled before Goldschmidt walked on four pitches to load the bases with one out.
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty throws during the first inning of a baseball game against Jack Flaherty did even better. The younger starter held Milwaukee to virtually nothing. As Kolten Wong said it was a game that saw the Cardinals “down-spiraling.” Wong went on to say that
The Cardinals ' Jack Flaherty pitches in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday ATLANTA — Whether they saw in real time through the group text messages Jack Flaherty sent this As he does with the Cardinals around him, Flaherty squeezes what tips he can from his friends.
It’s not often that you see all suspense of a winner-take-all game in the MLB playoffs deflated by the end of the first inning, but that’s pretty much what happened Wednesday during Game 5 of the NLDS between the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals.
The Cardinals batted around and then some in the first inning, hanging a postseason-record 10 runs on the Braves and increasing their lead to 13-0 in the third inning.
Obviously, that was great for the Cardinals. However, that didn’t stop them from making an odd choice on the pitching side of a game that had been all but decided.
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The Braves were up 3-1 in the eighth and then everything went wrong.Atlanta led the game 3-1 in the eighth, but a string of actions from earlier in the game and an unfortunate injury leading up to the start of that fateful inning forced this contest out of control.
On the mound for the Cardinals will be Jack Flaherty , their unquestioned ace who pitched around some hard first - inning luck and kept the Cardinals close in Game 2 before Adam Duvall broke it open for Atlanta with a two-run homer. He took the podium to answer questions Tuesday in a shirt
The Cardinals ' Jack Flaherty pitches in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday Shildt suggested Flaherty , the youngest winner-take-all Game 5 starter for the Cardinals , prepare As he does with the Cardinals around him, Flaherty squeezes what tips he can from his friends.
Cardinals let Jack Flaherty throw 100 pitches with double-digit lead
While the bats got it done for the Cardinals on Wednesday, their starter Jack Flaherty was the reason to be confident going into the game. If there was a Cy Young for the second half of a season, the right-hander would have been a shoo-in. Flaherty posted a 0.91 ERA and 124 strikeouts in 99.1 innings after the All-Star break.
Flaherty was the hottest pitcher in baseball entering the playoffs, but the Cardinals unexpectedly didn’t need an ace on Wednesday. They just needed a pitcher to eat innings. Flaherty was definitely up for that job, but so was everyone else in the Cardinals bullpen.
That situation led some to expect Flaherty might only see a few innings of action before getting pulled to keep him fresh for approaching NLCS.
Cardinals stun Braves with 10-run 1st inning in Game 5
Atlanta Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz was removed from Wednesday's NLDS finale trailing 4-0 with one out in the first inning and the bases loaded. He was replaced with left-hander Max Fried who didn't have any better luck. Fried walked opposing pitcher Jack Flaherty before allowing back-to-back doubles to Dexter Fowler and Kolten Wong. All told, the Cardinals plated 10 runs on five hits, one error, four walks, and a wild pitch. Foltynewicz was charged with seven runs (six earned) in 1/3 of an inning while Fried was responsible for the others.The @Cardinals scored 10 runs in the first inning, the most runs in a first inning in MLB playoff history.
The Cardinals will have ace Jack Flaherty on the mound, and the Braves will go with Mike Foltynewicz. Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer pitches in the eighth inning Monday. Zimmerman showed what he still can do at the plate by taking a 97 mph pitch , the second thrown by
The Cardinals ' Jack Flaherty pitches in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, at Busch Stadium. This NLDS Game 5 will be the fifth for the Cardinals , and in each of the previous four the Cards’ ace started: Matt Morris, 2001; Chris Carpenter, 2011; Adam Wainwright
The Cardinals let him pitch as much as he could instead, eventually pulling him from the game after six innings of work and 104 pitches.
That is definitely an interesting choice on the part of Cardinals manager Mike Shildt. Because Flaherty was given a full workload, the earliest he could reasonably pitch is Game of the NLCS on Monday. Had he pitched, say, two innings, he might have been able to start even earlier.
That’s still a fine problem for the Cardinals to have, but it’s puzzling at a time when teams are doing everything possible to get an edge in the playoffs.
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