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Sport Scherzer, Nationals beat Cardinals 3-1 for 2-0 NLCS lead

02:35  13 october  2019
02:35  13 october  2019 Source:   ap.org

NLCS stories to keep an eye on

  NLCS stories to keep an eye on With thrilling NLDS wins by the Cardinals and Nationals, the 2019 NLCS is all set. Here's a look at some storylines to follow with the series opening on Friday. Max Scherzer's homecomingA three-time Cy Young Award winner, Scherzer is a native of the St. Louis area and an alum of the University of Missouri. He was also drafted by the Cardinals in the 43rd round out of high school and hoped to sign with his hometown team when he became a free agent following the 2014 season. Scherzer played a pivotal role in the NLDS and will likely slot in for Game 1 against the Cardinals.

The following is the list of teams to overcome 3 – 1 series deficits by winning three straight games to win a best-of-seven playoff series . In the history of major North American pro sports, teams that were down 3 – 1 in the series came back and won the series 53 times

Game 1 of the NLCS was very nearly one grand improbability. That Aníbal Sánchez could throw a no-hitter 13 years after he’d first done so. Instead of the third no-hitter in postseason history, it was simply an excellent performance, a 2 - 0 win for the Nationals in a crucial Game 1 .

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Max Scherzer followed Anibal Sanchez's near no-hitter with a try of his own and the stingy Washington Nationals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 on Saturday for a 2-0 lead in the NL Championship Series.

ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 12:  Max Scherzer #31 of the Washington Nationals pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning of Game 2 of the NLCS at Busch Stadium on Saturday, October 12, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/MLB Photos via Getty Images)© Getty ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 12: Max Scherzer #31 of the Washington Nationals pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning of Game 2 of the NLCS at Busch Stadium on Saturday, October 12, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

BOX SCORE: NATIONALS 3, CARDINALS 1

Scherzer didn't allow a hit until Paul Goldschmidt led off the seventh inning with a single that left fielder Juan Soto played conservatively with a one-run lead. A day earlier, Sanchez held the Cardinals hitless until Jose Martinez had a pinch-single with two down in the eighth.

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.

Anibal Sánchez Shines as Nationals Beat Cards 2 - 0 in NLCS Opener. Sanchez pitched a no-hitter into the eighth inning to help lead Washington to a shutout Sánchez had allowed just three runners when he took the mound for the eighth. First baseman Ryan Zimmerman robbed Tommy Edman with an

Nationals - Cardinals Game 2 preview: Max Scherzer gets the ball vs. Adam Wainwright. Now they need to beat him to avoid a deep hole in the NLCS . The Washington Nationals won Game 1 of the National League Championship Series on the road with their fourth starter Now, seeking to bring a 2 - 0 lead back to Washington, they send their ace (Max Scherzer ) to the mound, probably with his

Sanchez and Scherzer also began the 2013 ALCS with consecutive no-hit bids of at least five innings for Detroit against Boston.

Scherzer, a St. Louis native who played college ball for the University of Missouri, struck out 11 and walked two in seven innings.

It doesn't get any easier for St. Louis, either. Ace Stephen Strasburg gets the ball for the wild-card Nationals when the best-of-seven series moves to Washington for Game 3 on Monday night. Jack Flaherty pitches for the Cards.

St. Louis got another solid performance from Adam Wainwright, who struck out 11 in 7 1/3 innings.

But after getting only one hit in the opener, the Cardinals' inconsistent lineup managed just three hits against Scherzer and the Washington bullpen.

The NL Central champions got their first run of the series when center fielder Michael A. Taylor misplayed Martinez's pinch-hit liner into an RBI double with two out in the eighth. But Dexter Fowler flied out on Sean Doolittle's next pitch.

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 beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2 - 0 on Friday night in the NL Championship Series Sánchez and Doolittle made life easy on manager Dave Martinez after the Nationals placed closer Washington ace Max Scherzer starts in his hometown, and Adam Wainwright gets the ball for St. Louis.

The lead up to the National League Championship Series -- a lengthy one, given that both division series ended in four games -- yielded familiar storylines. The Cardinals and the Giants were looking for a spot in the World Series. This was St. Louis' fourth straight NLCS appearance, as well as San

Patrick Corbin got the first out of the ninth before Daniel Hudson closed for his third save of the playoffs. The right-hander was reinstated from the postseason paternity list before the game after he missed the series opener to be with his wife, Sara, for the birth of their third child, a girl named Millie.

Corbin is expected to start Game 4 for the Nationals on Tuesday night.

Scherzer, who has pitched two no-hitters in the regular season, has a record five career postseason no-hit bids of at least five innings, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The three-time Cy Young Award winner came closest to finishing in Game 3 of the 2017 NL Division Series, getting one out in the seventh inning before allowing a hit.

There have only been two postseason no-hitters. Don Larsen threw a perfect game for the New York Yankees against Brooklyn in the 1956 World Series, and Roy Halladay pitched a no-hitter for the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2010 NL Division Series.

Three takeaways from Nationals' Game 2 NLCS win over the Cardinals

  Three takeaways from Nationals' Game 2 NLCS win over the Cardinals Max Scherzer didn't give up a hit until the seventh inning and Adam Eaton plated two with a double in the eighth inning to put the game awayMax Scherzer didn't give up a hit until the seventh inning while Adam Eaton plated two with a double in the top of the eighth to all but put the game away.

The wild-card Nationals won a playoff series for the first time since the team moved to Washington ahead of the 2005 season, and the franchise reached the NLCS for the second time in 51 seasons. The Nationals overcame a 19-31 start, finished 93-69 and then rallied from a 3 - 1 , eighth-inning deficit to

Albert Pujols hit an RBI double during a four-run first inning and the St. Louis bullpen bailed out Chris Carpenter as the Cardinals beat the Milwaukee

The Cardinals got one baserunner into scoring position while Scherzer was on the mound. Kolten Wong walked with one out in the first and stole second, but Goldschmidt and Marcell Ozuna struck out.

After Goldschmidt's hit, Ozuna struck out again and Yadier Molina bounced into an inning-ending double play on Scherzer's final pitch of the afternoon.

Washington went ahead to stay when Taylor homered on Wainwright's first pitch of the third. The Nationals added two more on Adam Eaton's two-run double down the first-base line with one out in the eighth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: C Kurt Suzuki returned to the starting lineup after being sidelined by a head injury. He got hurt by a foul ball that ricocheted during Washington's clinching victory in Game 5 of the NLDS against the Dodgers on Wednesday night. ... OF Victor Robles was out of the lineup again because of a strained right hamstring. He got hurt in Game 2 against Los Angeles.

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Flaherty struck out eight in six innings in St. Louis' 13-1 victory over Atlanta in Game 5 of the NL Division Series on Wednesday. The right-hander turns 24 on Tuesday.

MLB playoffs: Nationals look unbeatable against Cardinals in NLCS

  MLB playoffs: Nationals look unbeatable against Cardinals in NLCS The Nationals were four outs from being eliminated from the playoffs 11 days ago. Now, they look unbeatable and are two wins from the World Series

Washington Nationals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2 - 0 Friday night in the NL Championship Series opener. list before the franchise’s first appearance in the NLCS since the Montreal Expos moved to Washington ace Max Scherzer starts in his hometown, and Adam Wainwright gets the ball for St

Game 1 - Nationals left fielder Juan Soto celebrates with first baseman Howie Kendrick after their 2 - 0 win. Jeff Curry, USA TODAY Sports. Perfect through three innings, Sanchez issued a one-out walk to Kolten Wong in the fourth inning and he eventually reached third with two outs on a stolen base and

Strasburg made two starts against St. Louis this season, going 1-0 with a 2.31 ERA. He has allowed four runs in 15 innings in the playoffs.

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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) throws against the St. Louis Cardinals during the fourth inning in game two of the 2019 NLCS playoff baseball series at Busch Stadium on October 12, 2019. 

Don't Count Out the Nationals in the World Series Just Yet .
Less than 24 hours after the Houston Astros took the American League pennant in dramatic fashion, they are already a consensus favorite to take home the world championship. Caesars Sportsbook lists their odds to beat the Washington Nationals in the World Series as -235, the heaviest for a World Series since the Boston Red Sox were -240 favorites to beat the Colorado Rockies in 2007 (a bet that paid off). And it's not hard to see why. The team thought to be their toughest competition in the National League - the Los Angeles Dodgers -didn't make it past the NLDS.

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