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Cardinals complete stunning comeback against Nationals to advance to NLCS

Oct 13, 2012, 12:42 AM EDT

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After the Nationals took an early 6-0 lead over the Cardinals through three innings, Game 5 had all the makings of a laugher. It was anything but.

The Cardinals chipped away throughout and scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning to complete a stunning comeback, topping the Nationals 9-7 for the right to face the Giants in the NLCS.

The Cardinals scored one in the fourth, two in the fifth, one in the seventh and one in the eighth before getting to Drew Storen in the ninth. Daniel Descalso, who homered in the eighth, singled off Ian Desmond‘s glove to drive home two runs to tie the game before Pete Kozma put the Cardinals ahead with a two-run double into right field. Jason Motte retired the Nationals in order in the bottom of the ninth to finish off the shocking victory.

The comeback wasn’t just stunning, it was also historic. This was the biggest comeback ever in an elimination game. The Yankees previously came back from four runs down against the Red Sox in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS while the Pirates came back from four runs down against the Senators in Game 7 of the 1925 World Series. Yes, the Nationals now share some dubious history with the Senators.

The Cardinals will now move on to the National League Championship series, which will begin Sunday night in San Francisco.

  1. thebadguyswon - Oct 13, 2012 at 8:02 AM

    Mike Rizzo is the biggest idiot in baseball. OOPS…..I’d better watch myself! I forgot what neighborhood in Chicago he’s from.

  2. willclarkgameface - Oct 13, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    No curly W for you, Rizzo. As a matter of fact, this team didn’t lose this game – YOU DID.

    Bring on the hate. Rizzo fucked this team real good when he sat Strasburg for the postseason. And no, it didn’t have much to do with him pitching in a certain game/situation, but instead it was all frame of mind for the team. These guys had it in their heads that they were down a very important man and decided weeks ago that they were FUCKED. They couldn’t get over it.

    I feel bad for the players. Sure, they could have somehow found a way to pull this game out last night and probably should have. You just don’t give away 6 run leads like that gentleman. When Mike Rizzo is your leader in the office, this is what happens. He’s such a bad ass from the streets of Chicago and ready to punk anyone that talks shit about him. What a joke. What a complete and utter joke. He blew this series for this team – as I predicted – and you know what? I absolutely feel like they will NOT return next year. Injuries will plague this team and I bet the only man left standing will be Mr. Strasburg.

    Feel bad for the players on this one. They were screwed in the head long before the dance ever got rolling.

  3. jucam1 - Oct 13, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    The problem i see here is that these commenters just don’t have enough “Natitude”… With more Natitude this fraud Nats team would have won the WS!… Where is the Natitude you 4 Nats fans?… You wannabe fraud fan base?.. Your team was a one year wonder that took advantage of the Phillies being hurt and the Braves not having any hitting… Know your place and remember to pipe down next season

  4. moogro - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    You’re in for a surprise, you’re in for a shock-ahhhh!

    -Rob Halford

  5. materialman80 - Oct 13, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    The look on Werth’s face after the game…..Priceless

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