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Sport In grand fashion, Nationals go extras to advance to NLCS

09:50  10 october  2019
09:50  10 october  2019 Source:   bostonglobe.com

Nationals shut down Cardinals for 1-0 NLCS lead

  Nationals shut down Cardinals for 1-0 NLCS lead Nationals shut down Cardinals for 1-0 NLCS leadSanchez had allowed just three runners when he took the mound for the eighth. First baseman Ryan Zimmerman robbed Tommy Edman with an outstanding diving grab at full stretch for the first out, but pinch-hitter Jose Martinez cleanly singled to center with two down for the Cardinals' first hit.

The Nationals and Dodgers will look to ride their starters as deep into the game as possible before turning it over to their bullpens, which were on the opposite ends of the Washington has lost each of its three previous NLDS Game 5s, often in painful fashion , and will aim to secure its first NLCS berth.

Topping today's sports news, the Nationals stunned the Dodgers with a late rally and the Cardinals buried the Braves with 10 runs in the 1st inning. Collection of photos via Getty Images The Nationals stunned the Dodgers in extra innings and the Cardinals routed the Braves to advance to the NLCS .

LOS ANGELES — Howie Kendrick hit a tiebreaking grand slam off in the 10th inning and the Washington Nationals, boosted by a stunning rally against Clayton Kershaw, beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-3 Wednesday night and advanced to the NL Championship Series against St. Louis.

Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto homered on consecutive pitches to overcome a 3-1 deficit in the eighth against Kershaw, a three-time Cy Young Award winner. Soto had started the comeback from a 3-0 hole with an RBI single in the sixth off starter Walker Buehler, then hit a 449-foot drive of Kershaw.

The year-long trolling of Bryce Harper by Nationals fans continues in NLCS

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• NLCS presented by GEICO, Game 1: Friday, 8 p.m. ET/7 CT on TBS. The preparations for the next round will start soon enough. But before they do, the Cardinals will soak in the moment of being back where they expected to be -- just four wins from the pennant.

BOX SCORE: NATIONALS 7, DODGERS 3 (10)

Adam Eaton walked against Joe Kelly leading off the 10th, Rendon doubled on a drive that lodged in the left-field wall and Soto was intentionally walked.

Kendrick, 4 for 19 with one RBI in the series, fouled off a pitch and then hit a 97 mph fastball over the wall in dead center for his second career slam. The other was a game-ending, 11th-inning drive against San Francisco in August 2017. Center fielder Cody Bellinger chased the ball all the way to the wall, putting his arms up against the fence as he ran out of room.

‘‘It was electric. Probably the best moment of my career,’’ said the 36-year-old Kendrick, a 14-year big league veteran who played for the Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels. ‘‘We never gave up. The city had faith in us. The fans had faith in us. We believed in ourselves, everybody came through for us.’’

Cards crush Braves 13-1, advance to NLCS

  Cards crush Braves 13-1, advance to NLCS Cards crush Braves 13-1, advance to NLCSBefore many fans had reached their seats, the Cardinals were already booking their plans for the NL Championship Series, where they will face either the Los Angeles Dodgers or the Washington Nationals in a best-of-seven set beginning Friday. Those teams were meeting in their own Game 5 at Dodger Stadium. It will be St. Louis' first NLCS trip since 2014.

Cubs beat Nationals in a chaotic NLDS Game 5 to advance to NLCS . Nationals fans, if you don’t want to relive this, avert your eyes now. Scherzer had come in in a relief role for Then, Russell doubled to bring both Contreras and Zobrist home, so it’s 5-4. Which in the grand scheme of things

Those three teams all went on to win the World Series , which I suppose is a good omen for the No player in baseball history has played more postseason games in the National League than The Braves, meanwhile, still have not advanced to the NLCS since 2001. That was back during the Greg

Dodgers fans started exiting as the bases emptied.

The wild-card Nationals open the NLCS at the Cardinals on Friday night. Washington overcame a 19-31 start, finished 93-69 and then rallied from a 3-0, eighth-inning deficit to beat Milwaukee 4-3 in the NL wild-card game and bounced back from down 2-1 in the best-of-five series against the Dodgers.

‘‘Oh, man, keep fighting,’’ Rendon said. ‘‘I think that’s the story of maybe this organization.’’

The seven-time defending NL West champion Dodgers, who led the NL with 106 wins, remain without a World Series title since 1988.

‘‘Disappointing is probably an understatement,’’ manager Dave Roberts said.

Daniel Hudson got the win, retiring Will Smith on a drive to the right field warning track with one on and one out in the ninth, then getting Chris Taylor on a liner to center.

Sean Doolittle pitched a perfect 10th for the Nationals, ending a streak of three straight NLCS appearances by the Dodgers.

Nationals knock out Cardinals starter Dakota Hudson with huge first-inning rally

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With first Wrigley clinch, Cubs move on to NLCS . "You know, there are a lot of things going in a good direction for that team," Matheny said of the Cubs. Maddon has yet to name his NLCS Game 1 starter, but it will come down to either Jake Arrieta or Jon Lester.

On Tuesday night, that no-quit attitude carried the Cubs into the National League Championship Series for the second straight year, and they got there by toppling the team dubbed the "October giant." Cubs deliver Giant stunner, advance to NLCS . By Chris Haft and Carrie Muskat MLB.com.

The Nationals/Montreal Expos franchise won a postseason series for only the second time, the first since the Expos beat Philadelphia in a 1981 Division Series caused by the midseason players’ strike.

‘‘I’m really excited for the boys in that clubhouse that fought all year,’’ manager Dave Martinez said.

Kershaw sat on the bench after the home runs, looking forlorn, bowing his head and holding it with his hands.

‘‘It’s a terrible feeling,’’ Kershaw said.

The left-hander had replaced Buehler with two on and two outs in the seventh, and struck out Eaton on three pitches. Roberts didn’t second-guess his decision to stay with Kershaw in the eighth.

‘‘He’s probably the best pitcher of our generation,’’ Roberts said. ‘‘It just didn’t work out. There’s always going to be second-guessing. I’ll take my chances any day on Clayton.’’

Stephen Strasburg fell behind 2-0 after eight pitches. Joc Pederson doubled on a drive that went through an opening in the left-field wall — the crowd saw it land in the seats and thought it was a home run — but he was awarded the double after a video review. Muncy, who had been 0 for 12 against Strasburg, drove a fastball over the center-field wall.

Zimmerman saves no-hitter, then Martinez ends it

  Zimmerman saves no-hitter, then Martinez ends it Ryan Zimmerman laid out to save Anibal Sanchez's no-hit bid with a spectacular catch, but Jose Martinez came and ruined the fun just one plate appearance later.Edman laced a rocket into the gap between first and second, and it appeared to be a sure extra-base hit. Then, stunning the crowd and the St. Louis Cardinals, Zimmerman laid out for the extraordinary grab.

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Washington Nationals relief pitcher Drew Storen, who came into the game with a The Nationals ’ top of the order produced only three outs against Cardinals closer Jason Motte in the bottom of the ninth. Prior to the game, Johnson said he planned to use Jackson only if the game lurched into extra innings.

Kiké Hernández homered on Strasburg’s second pitch of the second inning, another fastball, for a 3-0 lead.

Strasburg gave up three runs and six hits in six innings, struck out seven and walked one.

Buehler allowed one run and four hits in 6 2/3 innings before Kershaw came in.

There was a scary moment when Buehler hit Suzuki in the left wrist and the ball shot up and knocked off his helmet as the ballpark went silent. Suzuki fell to the ground, grabbing his face. He walked off his under his own power and was replaced by Yan Gomes, who moved behind the plate in the bottom half.

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