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Cardinals put Game 6 out of reach with a fifth-inning outburst

Oct 18, 2013, 10:36 PM EDT

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After going up 4-0 in the third inning, the Cardinals continued to tack on runs in the fifth. In doing so, they chased Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw from the game after 98 pitches. The lefty did not record an out in the fifth.

The inning started off with Yadier Molina singling to right field. Yasiel Puig had trouble getting the ball, so Molina took the opportunity to advance to second base. David Freese followed up with a seeing-eye single to left field. The slow-footed Molina took a turn at third base, but ultimately held up. Matt Adams let Molina score when he dumped a single to left field.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly took the slow walk out to the pitcher’s mound with the disappointing task of taking his staff out of an elimination playoff game with no outs in the fifth. Ronald Belisario was summoned from the bullpen to attempt to put out the fire. Belisario got Shane Robinson to hit a grounder to shortstop Hanley Ramirez. Freese, who was running on contact, instigated a run down, allowing both runners to advance — Adams to second, and Robinson to second. Belisario then walked Kozma intentionally to bring up pitcher Michael Wacha. Wacha grounded out, scoring Adams and moving Robinson to third and Kozma to second.

Mattingly had to come out to the mound again, this time to bring in lefty J.P. Howell for Belisario. Matt Carpenter greeted Howell with a a sacrifice fly to left field to make it 7-0. After going ahead 1-2 to Carlos Beltran, Howell threw a slider in the dirt that catcher A.J. Ellis couldn’t handle. Kozma scored, making it 8-0, and Wacha moved to third base. On the next pitch, Beltran hit a grounder in the hole between third base and shortstop, making it 9-0. The inning came to a close when Matt Holliday flied out to center.

The Cardinals appear to be well on their way to clinching a World Series appearance. Wacha thus far has held the Dodgers scoreless over five innings, continuing his run of post-season dominance.

  1. jhaegs - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Announcers “Schumaker gets a standing ovation here in STL.”

    “You don’t see that very often.”

  2. mvpcowboys - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    200+ million payroll, RedSox castoffs, immature LF = no National League pennant.

    • detectivejimmymcnulty - Oct 18, 2013 at 11:20 PM

      Puig plays RF, no?

  3. buckemtp - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Why isn’t Calcaterra writing this story? Too butt hurt??!!

    • stex52 - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:56 PM

      I doubt it. Calcaterra picked the Cards to win the NLCS. He just knows how to pull your chain..

    • cohnjusack - Oct 18, 2013 at 11:07 PM

      Ugg. I hate Cardinals fans now too.

      Signed,

      A Cardinals fan.

      • stex52 - Oct 18, 2013 at 11:11 PM

        I have some sympathy, cohn, Winning appears to bring the dummies out.

      • recoveringcubsfan - Oct 18, 2013 at 11:16 PM

        It’s a good thing, then, that you don’t root for the fans, just the team. Even rooting for the team lets you pick and choose. I never liked Ron Santo even as a Cubs fan extraordinaire and though I like the Dodgers in general I hate that idiot they have in LF. Root for the things and the people who make you happy, ‘Sack.

      • buckemtp - Oct 18, 2013 at 11:17 PM

        Just tired of seeing him write articles all week slamming cardinals fans for a tag the team and media has applied only to be absent when they clinch the pennant. Talk all big when they lose and gone when they win.

      • detectivejimmymcnulty - Oct 18, 2013 at 11:19 PM

        I’m a Cardinals fan and couldn’t agree more. Typically when people try to defend something that others hate it only makes people hate them more. I guess I’m different, but to me being hated (for the most part) is a good thing. If the Cardinals were bottom dwellers no one would have much of an opinion of them, but people hate them because they win. That’s more of a good thing than bad.

      • rossjcook - Oct 19, 2013 at 1:12 AM

        “If the Cardinals were bottom dwellers no one would have much of an opinion of them, but people hate them because they win.”

        Yes, some people hate them because they win, but you might also ask the Cubs fans about the experience of being bottom dwellers for the last century (with an occasional good team once every 5-20 years).

      • paperlions - Oct 19, 2013 at 10:25 AM

        I’ll co-sign that.

        The oddest thing is that it is the bandwagon fans that don’t give a shit until the playoffs or know jack squat about baseball that are the loud annoying fans in the comment section.

        I think the dislike (= sports hate) for the Cardinals is based mostly on continued success and people being tired of that and the “Cardinal Way” carp being shoved down their throats….as if other organizations don’t have similar philosophies. Yes, the Cardinals do some things better than most organizations….but those things are about “doing things the right way”….they are scouting, drafting, and development. It seems like the Cardinal hate is combined with respect for how the organization is run, which seems reasonable.

    • emdash01 - Oct 18, 2013 at 11:21 PM

      Yes, this definitely makes him seem silly to assert that Cardinals fans can be sensitive.

    • eightyraw - Oct 19, 2013 at 12:08 AM

      You showed him – immediately trying to rub something in his face (despite his prediction of this outcome) while using an awful term will surely change his stance on Cardinals fans

  4. yankeepunk3000 - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    here’s a question, people are already buying Dodgers world series tickets. So once they lose do people get there money back? Or do they lose all of it or some of it?

    • cohnjusack - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:53 PM

      Of course they get it back. Is this a serious question?

      • yankeepunk3000 - Oct 19, 2013 at 12:59 AM

        Yes sometimes in basketball they have tickets in the playoffs that are not refundable once eliminated . Fucken geez, it’s a question, Ass

    • recoveringcubsfan - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:54 PM

      Here’s a partial answer: For some teams, if you have season tickets then whatever you spent on postseason tickets is applied to next season’s bill for your season tickets.

  5. perryt200 - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    since the Yankees are out, i guess this is our new theme music

  6. jhaegs - Oct 18, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Sweeeeeet Caroline
    Da Da Da

    • recoveringcubsfan - Oct 18, 2013 at 11:12 PM

      Neil Diamond sucks at life. Nobody worth a damn has ever voluntarily sung along to that steaming pile of shit song, either.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 21, 2013 at 4:57 PM

      Did you seriously just sing a sorry ass Neil Diamond song?
      Man…you really are embarrassing. I am starting to think Paper is on to something with regards to bandwagon fans not giving a shit about baseball until the playoffs start.
      Your original post trying to “sell” your fandom by playing the “born in St. Louis” card should have told us everything we needed to know.

  7. jhaegs - Oct 18, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    You don’t get it Joan Cusack. If we’re all going to get lumped in with “the best fans in baseball”, why not just go with it. Claim your innocence all you want- people won’t care. If you can’t beat em, join em!

    We can smell our own farts TOGETHER!

    • paperlions - Oct 19, 2013 at 10:31 AM

      Go back to PHT.

  8. jhaegs - Oct 18, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Says a CUBS fan

    Signed,
    Best Fan in Baseball

  9. mvpcowboys - Oct 18, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Puig does play RF, but its sad everybody still knows who your talking about.

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