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Chris Carpenter hurls shutout and Braves continue collapse as St. Louis captures Wild Card

Sep 28, 2011, 11:24 PM EST

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Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter defined the term “ace” Wednesday night in Houston, limiting the Astros to just two hits over nine scoreless innings. He issued only one walk and struck out 11 batters, throwing 76 of his 105 pitches for strikes.

Every member of the St. Louis starting lineup netted a hit as the Redbirds rolled to an 8-0 victory.

Down in Atlanta, the failures continued.

The Braves took a 3-1 lead in the third inning courtesy of a two-run Dan Uggla homer and starter Tim Hudson yielded just two runs over 6 1/3 innings, but the Phillies kept their regular position players active throughout and rallied to a 3-3 tie in the top of the ninth against red-faced rookie closer Craig Kimbrel.

Over an hour later, in the top of the 13th, Hunter Pence blooped an RBI single to the right side of the infield for the go-ahead run. The Braves could not counter, and ended their historic collapse with a 4-3 loss.

What a night for Major League Baseball. And what a night for the Wild Card champion Cardinals.

St. Louis will open the NLDS on Saturday against the Phillies. The Diamondbacks will face the Brewers.

  1. natstowngreg - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:30 PM

    Phils 4, Braves 3. On a broken bat, hit-em-where-they-ain’t single by Hunter Pence.

  2. natstowngreg - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:38 PM

    ESPN showing the visiting clubhouse in Houston, being prepared for a celebration.

  3. natstowngreg - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:43 PM

    At 11:41 P.M. EDT, September 28, 2011, the Atlanta Braves turned into pumpkins. Congrats to the Cardinals.

  4. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:44 PM

    Sorry Craig :(

  5. thefalcon123 - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:50 PM

    • thefalcon123 - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:50 PM

      Testify Charlie!

  6. paperlions - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:55 PM

    :-)
    :-D

    • okwhitefalcon - Sep 29, 2011 at 12:23 AM

      90 wins and a playoff appearance, unbelievable.

  7. phillyphever - Sep 29, 2011 at 12:02 AM

    Craig’s not gonna be happy tomorrow.

  8. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 29, 2011 at 12:09 AM

    Haha Boston’s out and TB’s in!

    • thefalcon123 - Sep 29, 2011 at 12:11 AM

      f**king awesome!

  9. granted42 - Sep 29, 2011 at 12:17 AM

    Congrats to the Cards on an incredible come back! Your prize? Three and out against the Phills, and a shorter vacation than the Braves.

    • thefalcon123 - Sep 29, 2011 at 12:20 AM

      pfffffffffffft. The only advantage the Phillies have is that they have a much better team.

      Shit.

  10. jhorton83 - Sep 29, 2011 at 12:27 AM

    Has anyone checked on Craig? Is he okay?

  11. The Baseball Idiot - Sep 29, 2011 at 1:21 AM

    I don’t get it. The Cardinals only used one pitcher the entire game. And only three guys off of the bench, with no double switches.

    Did someone besides LaRussa manage last night? Or does he really know how to manage after all?

  12. Chris Ross - Sep 29, 2011 at 1:54 AM

    Amazingly a blown save costing a team a chance at the playoffs on the last day of the season could be overshadowed but the Boston Red Sox and Jonathan Papelbon did it with a little help from a walk-off from Longoria. The Braves are sure getting a pass right now and it must hurt for an Atlanta fan base that thought they finally might have another chance at doing something special in the playoffs a month ago. The Braves are one of those franchises that constantly come up with talent but haven’t been able to make the jump to World Series winner. It’s tough but with a collapse of that magnitude as well you just don’t deserve it.

    http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2011/09/28/how-can-you-not-laugh/

  13. staffordsyear - Sep 29, 2011 at 5:31 AM

    Go cards!!

  14. stlouis1baseball - Sep 29, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    In a word…UNBELIEVABLE. The biggest comeback in the history of the sport (10 1/2 back on August 25). I went to bed at 2:00 A.M. (after drinking a 12 pack w/ no supper). I feel like Fido’s Ass. I just didn’t realize how good that could feel. Great job Cardinals!

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