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Cardinals move on to NLCS with Game 5 win over Pirates

Oct 9, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT

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The St. Louis Cardinals are headed to their eighth NLCS since 2000 and their ninth since 1996.

Adam Wainwright did his Adam Wainwright thing, allowing just one run in a nine-inning complete game effort as the Cardinals ousted the Pirates from the postseason with a 6-1 victory in NLDS Game 5 on Wednesday night at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

The Cards got on the board quickly with a two-run home run in the bottom of the second inning from postseason legend David Freese and then added a run in the sixth and three more in the eighth. Pirates starter Gerrit Cole gave up that Freese blast in the second and didn’t make it beyond the fifth despite impressive stuff and a decent overall stat line.

Pittsburgh’s only run was scored in the top of the seventh inning after three straight infield singles. Pedro Alvarez was the one who drove it in, becoming the only player in major league history to tally an RBI in his first six career postseason games. The Pirates finished Game 5 with just one fewer hit than the Cardinals but Wainwright excels in high-leverage spots and did so again on Wednesday night in front of a sea of red.

Now the Cardinals have a date with the Dodgers in the best-of-seven Championship Series.

That series begins this Friday night in St. Louis. It should be another thriller.

  1. jhaegs - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Na Na
    Na Na Na Na
    Hey Hey Hey

    Went to Blues game tonight… What a GREAT night. BIRDS!

    • babyfarkmcgeezax - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:30 PM

      Go fist yourself

      • babyfarkmcgeezax - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:33 PM

        That being said, good luck Cards fans (except for jhaegs). Will be rooting for you as long as you don’t play the A’s. Great season Buccos, with Taillon coming up next year the future looks bright. Let’s go Bucs!

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 10, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      Don’t be a dick Jhaegs.
      You do yourself, the Cardinals and all other Cardinals fan no favors.
      In fact, it’s just the opposite.

  2. happytwinsfan - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    The buccos is gone, that’s sad. But they believe in next year. The cards continue as they most usually do. That’s good.

    It’s gonna be the spirit of Stan Musial versus the spirit of Jackie Robinson, the winner of which will face off against the winner of most likely Motown versus Beantown.

    I’m hearing the words of a warm hearted Indiana lad: “ain’t that America something to see…”

  3. piratecaptain12 - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    8th NLCS since 2000? God, screw the cardinals and their insufferable fans. I hope their fans don’t dislocate their shoulders patting themselves on the back for being such good fans.

    • paperlions - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:24 PM

      ….and with fans like you setting the bar so high.

    • buckemtp - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:25 PM

      hey piratecaptain12

      suck it.

      maybe someday pirates fans will understand what a winning culture really feels like but until then shut your mouth and be a good loser. You should have plenty of practice at it.

    • drez146 - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:31 PM

      piratecapt, ignorance is bliss…ur comment is so idiotic, i hope other pirate fans get on here who actually have a brain and comment so we all dont think there like you

    • cohnjusack - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:34 PM

      C: Yadier Molina: Drafted by STL in 2000
      1B: Allen Craig: Drafted by STL in 2006
      1B alternate: Matt Adams: Drafted by STL in 2009
      2B: Matt Carptner: Drafted by STL in 2009
      SS: Pete Kozma: Drafted by STL in 2007
      3B: David Freese: Traded to STL while still in the minors for Jim Edmonds
      RF: Carlos Beltran: Signed as free agent
      CF: Jon Jay: Drafted by STL in 2006
      LF: Matt Holliday: Aquired via trade

      SP: Adam Wainwright: Acquired while still in minor for JD Drew
      SP: Shelby Miller: Drafted by STL in 2009
      SP: Michael Wacha: Drafted by STL in 2012
      SP: Lance Lynn: Drafted by STL in 2008
      SP: Jaime Garcia: Drafted by STL in 2005

      Fuck, I’m sick of doing this. Add Rosenthal, Maness, Seigrist, Kelly, etc…this has to be one of the most home grown teams period. Fuck the Cardinals? What you are saying if “fuck effective player development!”

      • stercuilus65 - Oct 10, 2013 at 7:36 AM

        Whoope fuckin doo!

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 10, 2013 at 12:49 PM

        Just save it on your computer Cusack. I love it when you post this. It carries huge weight.
        And effectively…those who bitch, moan, whine, complain and otherwise make things up have no retort.

    • jholls3 - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:38 PM

      Cry me a river cap!! Go root for your Steelers…. Oh wait they’re awful this year too. It’s going to be a long winter in Pittsburgh.

    • chrisernst82 - Oct 10, 2013 at 12:06 AM

      Must have never been to a Cardinal game before, its not like some of those stadiums, bring the kids, bring Grandma. Classy place to be, very respectful fans. If a Cardinal fan does get out of line its usually other Cardinal fans putting them back into their place. Just good people!

      Go Cardinals! Tough challenge ahead, but that’s how we like it.

      Great series out of the Pirates, see you next season! These teams look to be at each others throat for year to come! Hatd to type but the Cubs look light they might in few as well.

      • garlicfriesandbaseball - Oct 10, 2013 at 12:17 PM

        Agreed! “Those Classy Cardinals”, can’t say it enough. Here’s one of my favorite blogs:

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 10, 2013 at 11:20 AM

      Congratulations on a hard fought series and wonderful season Captain 12. You guys had a great year. I expect nothing less from you guys next year. In my opinion…baseball is much better when the Pirates are in contention.
      On a side note (and I realize it doesn’t matter)…you guys wear my second favorite uniform.
      I really dig your away jerseys the best…but like each version.

      Now…if you could do me a favor punch yourself in the face we will both feel much better.

  4. toodrunktotastethischicken - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Hell of a season for the Pirates.

  5. hustleandflomax - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    now, now, piratecaptain…nobody likes a sore loser.

    • piratecaptain12 - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:22 PM

      Easy to say that when your team never loses.

      • paperlions - Oct 10, 2013 at 8:55 AM

        Welcome to the playoffs. If you make it past the WC play-in game, a team has essentially a 1-in-8 chance of winning the WS….most years in the playoffs your team will not win their last game. Just the way it is….best to get used to it now, because the Pirates have a lot of young talent on the way (Polanco, Hanson, Taillon) and look set up for at least a few more playoff appearances.

      • ajewel121 - Oct 10, 2013 at 12:41 PM

        No, piratecaptain12. Diehard CARDS fans will celebrate our team even if they lose to the Dodgers. We will also celebrate if the CARDS lose to Boston, or whomever represents the AL. Of course winning is good, but we stand by the St. Louis Cardinals rain or shine. You have to grow up in St. Louis to understand.

        Signed – A Lifelong CARDS fan, born and bred in St. Louis.

      • gostlcards5 - Oct 10, 2013 at 1:28 PM

        @ajewel – I don’t agree. I have been a Cardinals fan since I was 8 years old, so for 32 years. I was born/bred in Indiana, but I think I understand as well.

        On the flip side, great season and series by the Pirates. I said early this year that they were for real, and they were. With all the aforementioned notes about their upcoming talent, I don’t even need to talk about that. Add it to their pitching, which is very good, a perennial MVP candidate in Cutch, and these guys should be good for years to come. Hat tip to you guys!

  6. jhaegs - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    You act like the organization has BOUGHT championships like some teams. They’ve done it the right way, and I guess we fans shouldn’t support our team and expect the best. No Cinderella story this year, bub. Good luck next year.

    • pens5829 - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:37 PM

      Take your blinders off. Payroll is ALWAYS a factor in playoff baseball.

  7. pens5829 - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    LA in 4.

    • cohnjusack - Oct 10, 2013 at 12:32 AM

      So long as a ball doesn’t bounce off our left-fielders nuts, it will be better than the last time the Cardinals faced the Dodgers.

    • gostlcards5 - Oct 10, 2013 at 1:29 PM

      Very doubtful. StL played LA very well toward the end of the season. The pitching match-ups should (mostly) be very, very good.

      Good Luck, LA!
      Go Cards!

    • thomas655 - Oct 10, 2013 at 1:59 PM

      pens5829, do yourself a favor and stay away from Vegas sportsbooks.

  8. missingdiz - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Wow, way too many negative comments. This was a great season. The 3-way battle for the Central was just terrific, all the way through. The Pirates have a great team, and I’m sure they’ll be back contending next year. This game was closer than the score indicates. Actually, Kozma opened the door (otherwise he was great on defense), but Wainwright and Molina closed it again. But it was close at that moment.

    I’m really glad for the Cards. But we don’t need to beat each other up in the parking lot.

  9. perryt200 - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    like i said before. Pirates had a great season. went over .500, made the post season, took out not only Cincy but Dusty Baker to win the wild card playoff game, have a MVP contender, forced a full 5 games against StL.

    but they had to go up against the StL ace in StL

    and the ace finished out a complete game to beat them.

  10. babyfarkmcgeezax - Oct 10, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    It’s weird being a Pirates fan, being devastated that this magical season has come to an end but not despising the team that put an end to it. The Cards organization and team seem to always do everything right and their fans are great, hopefully the Buccos can finally sustain success and develop a nice rivalry with St. Louis for years to come. Damn you, Cardinals, for ending this great season but not being despicable like the Reds!

    • paperlions - Oct 10, 2013 at 8:59 AM

      The Pirates have some great prospects on the way that could be up as early as next year but look more like solid contributors for 2015…Polanco, Hanson, and Taillon lead the way…but they also had a great draft this year and Glasnow looked fantastic in A-ball. Obviously, all prospects don’t pan out….but it is far better to have that kind of talent playing well in the minors than not…and the Pirates look like they have turned a corner organizationally.

    • gostlcards5 - Oct 10, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      I totally agree with you, so well said.

      I’ve said before that if the Pirates were to knock the Cardinals out, obviously I wouldn’t be happy about it, but that’s who I would have been rooting for. So, in essence, I would have felt the same way you do now. There’s nothing but good things to say about the Pirates, and I hope that they sustain this success as well.

  11. thebadguyswon - Oct 10, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Hopefully this is the first of many playoff appearances for the Buckos. As a baseball fan, it was nice to see them back.

    As for the Cards, they are a machine. They build from within and are probably the finest run team in baseball.

    On paper, this NLCS looks epic. I hope it delivers.

  12. nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 10, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    When the Cards and Dodgers play in LA, I really, really want the TBS roving reporter to ask Tommy Lasorda about pitching to Jack Clark. :-)

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 10, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      Congratulations to the Pirates, their fans, and the city of Pittsburgh.
      Wonderful NLDS and even better season for you guys.
      You will be back. And I am glad. I am truly happy about that.
      You guys deserve it. Now get on this train! The NL Central needs you!

      • cincinata - Oct 10, 2013 at 1:03 PM

        After watching every game on T-V, I agree that the teams played a great series. I noticed one thing that does not show well for Pgh. Many if not most of the fans make up cheers taunting the opposing players, much like they do in Boston, NY and Philly. This is not a good idea unless and until you are sure that you have the game in hand. That WA-Cha WA-Cha taunting did not serve your fans well. In addition, the signs taunting him and showing him as a teddy bear clown, is embarrassing to the fan base and the club. It may lead the Cardinals to ask WHOSE YOUR DADDY? WA-CHA? Maybe next year you should think of this before acting so childish and foolish!

  13. jhaegs - Oct 10, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Let’s not forget we let go one of the most dominant hitters in baseball. Not signing Pujols took some major balls by the organization, and it just goes to show how good they are

  14. mrlaloosh - Oct 10, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    Congrats St Louie. Bring home the pennant. Make Magic Johnson cry.

  15. theageofquarrel - Oct 10, 2013 at 6:33 AM

    As a lifelong Buccos fan I say congrats to the Cards. That was a helluva series.
    That being said, I was ecstatic my Buccos finally got that million pound gorilla off the franchises back,now that they got a taste of the post season we will be back.
    GO CARDS!!!!!

    • theageofquarrel - Oct 10, 2013 at 7:03 AM


      • gostlcards5 - Oct 10, 2013 at 1:36 PM

        Hell, yeah, and for success in 2014.

  16. stercuilus65 - Oct 10, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    The Cardinals’ rotation is in flux after their five-game series, but the Dodgers face no such questions with Zack Greinke getting the ball on Friday and Clayton Kershaw following in Saturday’s Game 2. The Cardinals would seem to be at a clear advantage both days. ”

    How in the world are they at a clear advantage facing both a rested Kershaw and Greinke?

    • cincinata - Oct 10, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      What is Kershaw’s record against the Cards? OH, that is how they can win.

  17. janessa31888 - Oct 10, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    Great series. Great season, Pirates. It was a fun ride watching my Indians and your team turn it around. Its nice to actually feel hope again.

  18. spudchukar - Oct 10, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Aaaah. Congrats Buccos. Great season, and worthy effort in the Divisional battle. Many more tussles to come, you are young, talented and tough.

    Bring on the Bums, and their 200+ mil payroll. Ought to be fun. And thanks Cards, for another week or more of bliss.

  19. cincinata - Oct 10, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    OK I will admit. I was wrong. I picked the Pirates in early July to win it all in the NL. They did come close, but the birds pitching seemed to be too tough. We will see what next year brings. Keep in mind (Pirates/Cards fans), just because your pitching is great this year, doesn’t mean that it will be next season. We thought so in 2012, but alas, Cincinnati had bring problems this year. I stopped touting the Reds when one after another, the pitchers went down. Let’s see how this works out for the 2014 season. Very good series and Good luck to the Birds. We all love to see the Dodgers lose.

  20. jhaegs - Oct 10, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    If you consider my comment as “being a dick”, you need some thicker skin. Pirates and their fans should be proud of how they played, but if they’re going to be our new rivals, they should expect a little ribbing now and then.

    Sorry, was my cliche victory song too offensive. I guess instead I should dry their tears, maybe comb their hair and put their PJ’s on for them. Then, tuck them into bed, kiss them on the forehead, and tell them “Sweet dream my little angels, and everything will be rainbows and sunshine next year.”

    Yup, that definitely what I should’ve done. My bad!

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 10, 2013 at 4:30 PM

      Or…you could (you know)…show some grace. Perhaps act like you have been here before.
      Being smug will get you nowhere.

  21. stlouis1baseball - Oct 10, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Also @ ajewel
    I also don’t agree. I have been a Cardinals fan since I was 10 years old (31 years).
    I was ALSO born/bred in Indiana. A Cardinals fan who was brainwashed by my Father.

  22. jhaegs - Oct 10, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Again, hoosier, what’s the point of winning if you can’t gloat a little? It’d be one thing if I said “F U Pirates! You suck! Dey terk Er Jerbs!”

    I guess actually being from STL, we are a bit more excited when our team wins. I’d expect the same if the Pirates won- it’s a competition. Maybe you don’t want to rip on a team that farms from YOUR minor league team…

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:29 AM

      Dude…no. That isn’t it. I don’t rip on ANY team. Okay…admittedly…the Yankees are the exception. You don’t get it. Cardinals fans don’t gloat. I go to several games a year. I was raised a Cardinals fan by my Father (who’s formative years were spent in Missouri). My Wife and I were engaged at Busch II with Fredbird getting down on one knee and presenting her with the damn ring. The number of St. Louis residents I know is so numerous I would be hard pressed to put a number on it. I called on Contractors in St. Louis for years in my previous job. Two of which had (4) seats behind home plate and suites in Centerfield. I live and die with the team. I mean that. When they play…you don’t call me…text me…stop by the house…etc… Everyone knows this. The kids? They go in the other room as they know (right or wrong)…Dad isn’t engaging them until the game is over. I guarantee you I follow the team and know more about their history than you do. Just on my left hand.
      My guess…its your age. I am 41. Guessing you to be mid 20’s. Which doesn’t give you an out or otherwise provide you with an excuse. Cause’ if you were a Cardinals fan (as opposed to more of a Blues fan) you would know this. Your relatives would have also put you in your place when your head started to swell up in High School. Again…I am guessing its your age and your Hockey fandom. So amirite? Mid 20’s? Be honest.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 11, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      And just so we are clear…”MY” minor league team plays in Memphis. And Springfield. And Peoria. And Palm Beach. And State College. And Johnson City. But if you are ever in Indy during baseball season…I do highly recommend you take in a game at Victory Field. One of the nicest Minor League parks in the Country. It’s won multiple awards…very fan friendly.
      You will dig it.

  23. steelers88 - Oct 10, 2013 at 6:25 PM


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