Cardinals blow out Dodgers 9-0 to win NL Pennant

10/19/13 in MLB   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Blog Photo - Cardinals blow out Dodgers 9-0 to win NL PennantThe first five games of the NLCS were tight affairs. The biggest margin of victory in those first five games was three runs. Many figured a Game 7 was inevitable with Clayton Kershaw on the mound for the Dodgers.

Well, all of that was blown out of the water, as the Cardinals shockingly hit Kershaw all over the park en route to a 9-0 blowout Game 6 win. St. Louis win the series 4-2 and advance to the World Series.

Things seemed pretty normal going into the 3rd inning, but Matt Carpenter hit a double after an 11 pitch at-bat, and playoff cyborg Carlos Beltran drove Carpenter in with a single. It only got worse from there. Yadier Molina hit a single to score Beltran. Freese singled and Adams walked to load the bases. Shane Robinson (starting for the maligned Jon Jay) then hit a single to score two runs, and suddenly it was 4-0. Here's the full video of the carnage.

 

As you can see, Puig air mailed the throw home (although the runner probably scores even if the throw is perfect), and made a bad decision on the other throw, which allowed Beltran to get to 2nd. That, and another play we'll get to, started the "told you so" brigade on him.

The bottom of the 5th then started on a single by Molina, which turned into a double when the bounced off Puig's glove, his second error of the game. Puig was now getting blamed for the Dodgers being down all over Twitter, but the bigger problem was that Kershaw didn't have it. Freese singled, then Adams doubled to score Molina, and that was it for Kershaw. The bullpen couldn't put out the fire though. Ronald Belisario and J.P. Howell combined to give up another 4 runs to make it 9-0 and put it on ice. Kershaw's final line is shocking: 4 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 5 K. It's his worst start since a 5.2 IP, 8 run shellacking on June 24, 2012 against these same Cardinals.

As for Puig, obviously he did not have a good game, and for the most part didn't have a great series. That does mean the loss is on all on him, as the score clearly indicates 9-0. They'll be a lot written about him "costing" the Dodgers the series, and a lot about the Cardinal's "wholesomeness" and "respect for the game" winning out. That's bunk. The Cardinals were the better team who were able to hit around the best pitcher in the game. That's why they won and are in the World Series. Period.

Meanwhile, as Kershaw struggled, Michael Wacha was excellent again. He gave up just 2 hits and a walk over 7 innings while striking out 5. For his breakout performance, he earned NLCS MVP honors. He did get some defensive help, including this great catch in the 5th by, who else, Carlos Beltran.

 

Beltran was 3-for-4 for 2 RBIs and this catch in this game, and now he's finally getting a chance at the World Series. Even if one wasn't rooting for the Cardinals, it's hard not to be excited for that.

After it became 9-0, the Dodgers looked done and clearly were. An AJ Ellis double in the 6th was the only runner who got into scoring position all night, and they responded to that double by making 12 consecutive outs to end the game. With their elite talent and extreme wealth, the Dodgers have a good chance of being back in the postseason next year, even if this time around ended in disappointment.

For the Cardinals though, it's time to prepare for the 19th World Series in franchise history, and to find out who their opponents will be. Game 6 of the ALCS is tonight, and if Boston wins, we have a rematch of 2004.
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10/19/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

orangemen90 wrote:
Thsi was not totaly unexpected.. The Dodagers with a huge amount of money to access will go out and buy some more players... But they have a problem with self control on that team.....

Is baseball ever not some sort of morality play for you?

10/19/13   |   kteacher   |   34390 respect

Ha @ self control. 
O-KAY. 

10/19/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Thsi was not totaly unexpected.. The Dodagers with a huge amount of money to access will go out and buy some more players... But they have a problem with self control on that team.....

10/19/13   |   Scott   |   53604 respect

I knew this series was going to be a dog fight but if you told me before it started that the Cardinals would win 3 of the 4 games started by Kershaw and Greinke, I would've bet you were nuts.

As for Puig, I don't believe anybody is denying the kid has talent.  I do think somebody within the organization needs to sit with the kid and help him adapt to playing in the big leagues.  Your talent can usually help you get through the mental mistakes made in the minor leagues but in the majors, 99.9% of the time the other team makes you pay.

10/19/13   |   kteacher   |   34390 respect

Cardinals pitching won this series. And outside of this game, the Dodgers pitching should have been enough to get the win as well. Ironic that what went on all season (little run support when Kershaw was on the mound), played a part in the season ending game. 

I'm ignoring this performance by Kershaw and the errors made by Puig (he's young and passionate......sh*t happens and he's still one of the best talents around....bs on the whole "wholesomeness" and "respect for the game" stuff). The Dodgers hitters could NOT get it done. It's as simple as that...................and maybe Hanley not getting pinged in the first game, breaking his rib, Ethier being 100%, etc......(See, lots of things went into the Dodgers not getting it done.)