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Sport NLCS Game 3: Nationals on the verge of first pennant after dominating Cards

16:00  15 october  2019
16:00  15 october  2019 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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.

Nationals -Cardinals Game 2 preview: Max Scherzer gets the ball vs. Adam Wainwright. The Washington Nationals won Game 1 of the National League Championship Series on the road The Cardinals are the first team in baseball history to go from committing the most errors in one season to

The 2005 Cardinals were on life support going into Game Five of the NLCS . Needing a win to stay alive, they turned to Chris Carpenter in game five, and things were going well until Lance Berkman parked a cheap-o Crawford Boxes home run in the 7th to put the Astros on the verge of their first

Almost two weeks ago, the Washington Nationals were four outs from elimination in the wild card game. Now the club is a win away from the first World Series berth in franchise history.

a man standing on a baseball field: Stephen Strasburg was the latest Nationals starter to dominate the Cardinals. (Getty Images)© Provided by Oath Inc. Stephen Strasburg was the latest Nationals starter to dominate the Cardinals. (Getty Images)

Behind another lights-out performance from their starter and some more clutch hitting, Washington nabbed an 8-1 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series at Nationals Park on Monday night.

BOX SCORE: NATIONALS 8, CARDINALS 1

Stephen Strasburg followed Anibal Sanchez’s and Max Scherzer’s lead and made history. He yielded an unearned run on seven hits while striking out 12 — all on off-speed pitches — over seven innings. The performance put Strasburg in a category with Bob Gibson as the only pitchers in MLB history with multiple playoff outings with at least 12 punchouts and no earned runs.

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.

The Washington Nationals return home for the first -ever National League Championship Series game at Nationals Park on Monday. The environment promises to be raucous after the Nationals ’ dominant starting pitching propelled them past the St. Louis Cardinals in their first two games .

After Nationals starters Anibal Sanchez and Max Scherzer flirted with no-hitters in the first two games of the best-of-seven series , Strasburg wasn’t quite that untouchable: he allowed The Cardinals, quite simply, can’t hit in this NLCS : They have a grand total of two runs and 11 hits through three games .

In seven career postseason starts, Strasburg has a 1.10 ERA in 41 innings. Washington’s starters have not allowed an earned run in 21 2/3 innings in the series.

Washington led the National League with 335 two-out runs in the regular season. They’ve produced nine of their 13 NLCS runs with two outs, including all but one of their scores in Game 3.

Victor Robles started a four-run third-inning rally with a hit and was driven home on an Adam Eaton base knock. It was Robles’ first at-bat since Game 2 of the NLDS due to a hamstring strain. Anthony Rendon followed Eaton with an RBI double to left, and Howie Kendrick capped the rally with a two-run double to the gap in right-center.

Rendon, the MVP candidate and impending free agent, reached base three times, including a pair of hits, scored twice and drove in a run. He also showed off his defensive prowess at third base with an excellent diving snag on a hard-hit grounder by Paul DeJong in the third.

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 Chicago Cubs defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 of the 2016 NLCS to win the series 4-2 and clinch their first Pennant in 71 years. They will

One more win and the Nationals will be National League champs. Among pitchers with at least 20 innings in a single postseason, Strasburg's 1.64 ERA this year is 22nd lowest since the wild- card was introduced in 1995, and the 16th lowest among pitchers to appear in at NLCS Game 3 vs. Nationals .

Robles also led off the sixth with a homer. Ryan Zimmerman had RBI hits in the fifth and seventh.

Jack Flaherty was the best pitcher in baseball after the All-Star break but hasn’t been as sharp in the postseason. In fact, the Nationals’ third-inning rally matched his run allotment from the month of September. Flaherty was charged with four runs on five hits and two walks with six strikeouts over four innings. He’s got a 4.24 ERA in 17 postseason frames, and may not have another chance to reduce that figure.

Only one team in major league history has ever come back to win a series after being down, 3-0. The Cardinals haven’t shown nearly enough life to inspire the idea that they can pull off that type of comeback, and the Nationals are firing on all cylinders.

WHO MADE THE DIFFERENCE

  • Howie Kendrick: The 36-year-old finished with three doubles, tying an LCS record, while setting a franchise-record with nine RBIs this postseason. Kendrick, Washington’s hero in the NLDS clincher, is 5-for-12 (.417) with four RBIs and three runs scored in the NLCS.

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

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

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    After Nationals starters Anibal Sanchez and Max Scherzer flirted with no-hitters in the first two games of the best-of-seven series , Strasburg wasn't quite that untouchable: He allowed The Cardinals, quite simply, can't hit in this NLCS : They have a grand total of two runs and 11 hits through three games .

  • Fernando Rodney: Nationals’ starters have only required the bullpen to record 16 outs in the first three games of the series. Rodney got three of those outs, including two by strikeout, in a perfect eighth inning. It was his first clean outing of the postseason. Tanner Rainey struck out a pair in the final inning.

  • Marcell Ozuna: The Nationals were on no-hitter watch pretty deep into each of the first two games of the series. Ozuna put that dream away with a second inning double, then singled in the fourth. Like much of the Cardinals’ lineup, Ozuna entered Monday night hitless in the series.

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The weirdness of a play that involved Juan Soto hitting the deck in the seventh inning will stick out. But Strasburg’s ability to bounce back and strike out the next two batters was a defining moment. Even as the game clearly seemed out of reach at that point, Strasburg went into those two at-bats with 109 pitches and proved that he was the guy to get it done in that spot.

About that play, the Cardinals again got their only run on a Nationals’ outfield miscue, much like what happened in Game 2.

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  The year-long trolling of Bryce Harper by Nationals fans continues in NLCS This Washington Nationals fan would like to remind former star outfielder Bryce Harper of which team is still playing baseball right now.All the while, former Nationals star Bryce Harper saw his Philadelphia Phillies miss the playoffs altogether. It’s led to Nationals fans trolling their former franchise cornerstone at nearly every turn.

On Monday, the Washington Nationals will host the St. Louis Cardinals for Game 3 of the National League Championship Series . Robles ranked second on the Nationals in stolen bases, behind only shortstop Trea Turner. Nats vs. Cards : NLCS Game 3 preview.

Max Scherzer Dominates Cardinals in Game 2 as Nationals Take Commanding 2-0 NLCS Lead. 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.

Soto fielded Paul DeJong’s single, then slipped and fell to the ground as he attempted to crow hop. Jose Martinez, who singlehandedly accounted for the bulk of the Cardinals’ offense in the first two games, pulled into third with no intention of breaking for the plate, but Soto’s throw in from his knees eluded four different Nationals and allowed Martinez to score.

WHAT THEY’LL BE TALKING ABOUT

St. Louis manager Mike Schildt shuffled the batting order after his team was limited to four hits in the first two games of the series. Things got better as they collected seven hits, but they’re still on the verge of becoming the first team since the 2004 World Series-losing Cardinals to get swept in a series without ever holding a lead. The team that beat the Cardinals in that World Series, the Boston Red Sox, was the only club in postseason history to do what St. Louis will now have to attempt, coming back from a 3-0 series deficit.

WHAT’S NEXT

Washington can clinch the pennant for the first time in franchise history on Tuesday at 8:05 p.m. ET at Nationals Park. Patrick Corbin (14-7, 3.25 ERA) made his past three appearances out of the bullpen, but he’ll go back to his starter’s role in Game 4. Dakota Hudson (16-7, 3.35 ERA) gets the start for the Cardinals in his first outing in more than a week.

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The Nationals are appearing in their first NLCS since 1981, when they were known as the Montreal Expos, losing three But just because Washington has started the series fast does not mean it is the best value on the Nationals vs. Cardinals money line. Nats vs. Cards : NLCS Game 3 preview.

second inning of game two of the National League Championship Series against the Washington Nationals at Busch Stadium on October 12, 2019 Stephen Strasburg gets the ball when the best-of-seven series moves to Washington for Game 3 on Monday night. Jack Flaherty pitches for the Cards .

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a group of baseball players standing on top of a grass covered field: Washington Nationals right fielder Adam Eaton (2), center fielder Victor Robles (16), and left fielder Juan Soto (22)  celebrate their win over the St. Louis Cardinals in game three of the 2019 NLCS playoff baseball series at Nationals Park on October 14, 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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