Cards stun Nats; Yankees advance
The Cardinals celebrate during their four-run ninth inning.
October 13th, 2012
12:57 AM ET

Cards stun Nats; Yankees advance

The baseball playoffs wrapped up the divisional series Friday night, as two more teams took another step on the road toward the World Series.

The St. Louis Cardinals completed a shocking comeback and the New York Yankees got a sterling pitching performance from their ace to advance to their respective league championship series.

St. Louis 9, Washington 7

The Cardinals stunned the Nationals with four runs in the top of the ninth inning to once again stave off elimination and send the Nationals - who had the best regular-season record in baseball - to an early off-season

St. Louis was down 7-5 entering the ninth inning and staring at elimination, a familiar sight for the defending World Series champs, who - tracing back to the playoffs last season - have won their last six elimination games.

Daniel Descalso had a bases-loaded single off Drew Storen to tie the game 7-7. Pete Kozma singled to right field to bring in two more runs and make it 9-7.

The Nationals went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the ninth.

St. Louis trailed 6-0 early before it began the long climb back.

"You don't envision yourself being behind 6-0," Descalso said to TBS during the post-game TV broadcast. Descalso had a home run and a double for the Cards.

After getting a run back in the fourth, St. Louis added two more in the fifth. Descalso led off the inning with a double to right. After a single and a walk, he scored on a wild pitch by Gio Gonzalez. They made it 6-3 when Shane Robinson scored on a bases-loaded walk.

St. Louis scored a run in the seventh and eight, setting up its ninth-inning comeback.

The Cardinals will travel to San Francisco, where they'll take on the Giants in the NLCS beginning Sunday night.

New York 3, Baltimore 1

CC Sabathia got out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning and threw a complete game as the Yankees beat the Orioles to advance to the AL Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers.

Sabathia was masterful, striking out nine and allowing four hits for the Yankees. "It's what I'm here for," Sabathia told

New York will play host to Game 1 of the ALCS at 8 p.m. Saturday.

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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. topcat

    go cards i guess.

    October 13, 2012 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. Albert Pooholes

    Woot! Woot! Gonna get my rear end back to the Series! Huh? What's that? Still have to beat the Giants. Consider it done with me at cleanup! What's that you say? I ain't no Cardinal no more? And what else? I play for the Angels and we didn't make the playoffs at all? Well damn. That sucks.

    October 13, 2012 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. Thomas A. Hawk

    Were there any infield fly calls?

    October 13, 2012 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Braves Suck

      ^ Braves Fan ^

      October 13, 2012 at 2:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Thomas A. Hawk

      Naw, I was just trolling. Fooled ya.

      October 14, 2012 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |

    Manning is accused of punching and kicking a 23-year-old woman, believed to be her assistant, and police officers charged her with assault, according to the New York Post.

    October 13, 2012 at 3:56 am | Report abuse |
  5. Name s kel

    I kept lookin out my window towards Nats Park for the fireworks last night in SW DC. Didnt see any, oh well!

    October 13, 2012 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
  6. PhilG

    Washington D.C.-The Capitols,the Redskins,the Wizards and now the Nats-all world class chokers in post season play.

    Gotta love it,you can bet on consistent losers.

    October 13, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  7. Kenny Rogers

    St Louis is the city of my birth and I have been a lifelong Cardinals fan. It was while in Missouri that I developed a taste for pepperoni pizza and cold beer. As a matter of fact I had this for my breakfast.

    October 13, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. little mister©

    I enjoy pepperoni pizza liberally sprinkled with Tabasco Sauce and mayo.

    October 13, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. phunk

    Are you crazy little mister, who puts that on pizza. I enjoy pepperoni pizza on it's own.

    October 13, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    Now HOW did i know that? Oh, and dont forget kennys Simon Abela character too! GO TIGERS!

    October 13, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    Me too!

    October 13, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rascal Rabble

    poop chute-rrr's...must be pro obama's club...

    October 13, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. little mister©

    Well, i'm off to the gay bar...big night tonight. I'm a contestant in the Biggest Drag Queen in town contest....wish me luck!

    October 13, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      letmie get my ford truck and chains i like drag the queen contest,

      October 13, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Ford, RR?
      Where have you been, anyway?

      October 13, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble get more horsepower wittah chevolet??? i been kinner mad lately and decided to sulk by myself...horrible bosses' movie is a reality and im waitin' to accidently run into a hitman in a bar to complain about get bored no reflection on anyone...

      October 13, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    Not me, although posting in blue is a nice touch.
    You're a bit behind on the facepalm, too, although you will not find out how.

    October 13, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rascal Rabble

    lol...whatta ', beer, beer!

    October 13, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
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