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The Cardinals take the lead over the Nationals in the top of the ninth

Oct 13, 2012, 12:23 AM EDT

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Incredible. Just incredible.

Drew Storen took the mound in the top of the ninth with a 7-5 lead and needed just three outs for the Nationals to advance to the NLCS. But the Cardinals fought back by scoring four runs to take a 9-7 lead. Nationals Park was completely juiced going into the inning, but it is now in stunned silence.

Storen gave up a leadoff double to Carlos Beltran before Matt Holliday grounded out and Allen Craig struck out swinging. However, Yadier Molina and David Freese walked to load the bases before Daniel Descalso singled off the glove off shortstop Ian Desmond to drive in two runs. After Descalso stole second base, Pete Kozma then doubled into right field to score two more. The Cardinals were down to their last strike twice during the incredible rally. Sound familiar?

After being down 6-0 through three innings, the Cardinals are now just three outs away from advancing to the NLCS.

  1. jtchernak - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    Much in the clutch!

  2. ningenito78 - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    I can’t believe Davey left Storen in after the Cards tied the game. Man, I’m not a fan of either team but I actually feel bad for the Nats fans in that park. They look suicidal.

  3. crookedstick - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    Well at least you can recycle yesterday’s headline with only a couple of changes…..

    “The Nats are dead and Davey Johnson’s fingerprints are all over the murder weapon”

  4. ningenito78 - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    I bet those Jayson Werth cupcakes aren’t selling well right now.

  5. randygnyc - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    It’s over. CARDS WIN!!! Unbelievable game!!! Goodnight Baltimore and DC!!!!

  6. Stiller43 - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    Wow! Couldnt believe it as i was watching it

  7. thejjtrain - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    “It aint over til its over”. the Cards know that better than anyone.

  8. Stiller43 - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    As the cards celebrate going into the locker room, the camera just picked up some guy (presumably a fan in the stands) saying “gotta get rid of drew!! Get drew outta here!!!”

    These nats fans sure are picky for having this much success so unexpectedly soon

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:38 AM

      I hear the same think Stiller. I dismissed it by telling myself I missunderstood him.
      Storen is a stud. One of the best in the game (when healthy).
      That dude isn’t a baseball fan if he is making statements like that.

  9. mattcerrone - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    Am not a fan of either team. Feel bad for Nats fans. They were right there on the verge of going to the NLCS. And not to beat up on Mike Rizzo but hard to fathom your best player, Strasburg, being shut down while your team fights on and ultimately loses.

  10. pkswally024 - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    Lol natitude

  11. randygnyc - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    This is Rizzo’s fault.

  12. Francisco (FC) - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    Despite their best efforts the Nats once again watch a team in gray and red celebrate on their home turf.

    • indaburg - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:39 AM

      Holy comeback, Batman! I am stunned. The Cards are just unreal in October.

      • Francisco (FC) - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:41 AM

        Sally you really should join the crew on the CBS chat Site, we had drinking games and all.

      • indaburg - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:50 AM

        Aw, I’m jealous. I discovered yesterday that I already have a CBS sports account that was created at least 3 years ago when I still lived in St. Pete based on the acct details. How do I get in the chat?

  13. drewshawforpresident - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    Just try to kill them, no really go ahead!!!!

  14. irodex - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    Rizzo made a stupid decision.

    What they SHOULD have done if their GM wasn’t a fool was when it was blatantly obvious they were making the playoffs in mid August they should have shut strasburg down and brought him back from a game or two at the end of the regular season and let him pitch in the playoffs.

    I feel bad for the Nats fans, but not for their front office. They did not play this well.

    • xmatt0926x - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:41 AM

      Yeah…but did you check out the Nattitude they had this year?

      • irodex - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:49 AM

        You can’t assume as a GM that you will have an opportunity like this ever again.

        Best record in the NL and you sit your cy yong pitcher for the most important games of the seasons in your new franchises first playoff series. This is your time to make a statement that your franchise belongs and this season wasn’t just a fluke.These playoffs will define your franchise as a losing franchise or a winning franchise for years to come.

        Guess what, the Nationals great year will be forgotten everywhere in America save DC come next week.

        There is a VERY good change the Nationals would have won this series in 4 games if strasburg pitched.

  15. xmatt0926x - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    That’s the problem with Gio. He has great stuff but he has alot of these 5 inning, 110 pitch games that you may get away with in July, but not October where everything is intense.

  16. butchhuskey - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    I’m kind of upset the Cardinals won because I feel they’re kind of a boring group of guys. That said, this was quite a big win for them. This one’s gotta sting if you’re the Nationals.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:42 AM

      A boring group of guys? You can’t be serious. This team is relentless. They keep plugging.
      After last year…and now this…I simply can’t believe you mean that.
      They just had the largest comeback in the history of postseason elimination games.
      How can you NOT root for them?

  17. recoveringcubsfan - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:21 AM

    I think the home plate umpire had a bit to do with it. Storen threw a first pitch strike to Molina that was inexplicably called a ball. Then he threw two more strikes to him – and game over right? Well, no. And now the rest is history. I congratulate the Cardinals on being the best 5th-place team ever to play for the NLCS. I don’t think they’ll find much favor around the league for some years to come. Besides today’s game and getting jobbed by the umps, I don’t know any fans of any team who think the Cards deserve to be here after their relatively pathetic regular season.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:43 AM

      Said the Cubs fan. They just completed the largest elimination game comeback in history.
      If you are truly a Cubs fan…then I am calling YOU and NL Central sellout.

      • meteor32 - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:58 AM

        It says recovering Cubs fan. Don’t let someone who has lost the the faith give us a bad name. The first pitch to Yadi was a ball, and the Cardinals didn’t get any help from the umps in the 9th. Also, I don’t think Cardinal fans were rooting for the Cubs in 07 or 08 when they were taking on teams from the NL West in the postseason.

    • fearlessleader - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:59 AM

      Oh, cubsfan, you’ve been dissing the Cardinals on every thread tonight and it’s getting silly. If you want to blame the ump for tonight’s Cards win, let’s not forget that Thursday’s home-plate umpire may just as easily have caused a Cards loss, as Lance Lynn appeared to have struck out Jayson Werth two pitches before his walk-off homer. As for “deserving to be here,” well, the Cards played by the same rules as all the other teams, and here they are.

      As the players are so fond of saying….THAT’S BASEBALL.

      Happy flight!

    • ahayden9 - Oct 13, 2012 at 3:08 AM

      This guy is joking right?

  18. creek0512 - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:46 AM

    Now that the AAA Astros are going to the AL, there wont be anyone to stop you guys from finishing in ladt next year, Cubs fan.

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