Nationals sweep Cardinals, clinch berth in World Series

The Washington Nationals will make their first ever appearance in the World Series

Brayton Wilson
October 16, 2019 - 10:36 am

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For the first time in the franchise's 50-year history, the Washington Nationals will play for a World Series title.

The Nationals punched their ticket to the Fall Classic on Tuesday night with a 7-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series, closing out the series sweep at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

Washington got all of its run support in the first inning on Tuesday as they forced Cardinals pitcher Dakota Hudson out of the game after just 0.1 innings of work while pummeling him with five hits and seven runs, four of which were earned runs. Adam Wainwright then came in to finish the inning, but not before the Nationals got three more runs across home plate.

The Nationals batted through the order in the bottom of the first inning, getting RBI hits from third baseman Anthony Rendon, left fielder Juan Soto, center fielder Victor Robles, catcher Yan Gomes and shortstop Tre Turner. 

That was all the support that pitcher Patrick Corbin needed, as he went on to pitch five strong innings for the Nationals, giving up four hits, four earned runs, walking three, and striking out 12 Cardinals batters.

From there, Tanner Rainey, Sean Doolittle and Daniel Hudson combined to shut down any Cardinals comeback, finishing the final four innings with just one hit given up, one walk and one strikeout. Hudson completed the save in the ninth inning by forcing Cardinals third baseman Tommy Edman to fly out to Robles in center field.

The Nationals started their playoff journey in the NL Wild Card game with a 4-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers at Nationals Park. Then they went on to face the best team in the National League in the NLDS in a best-of-five series in the Los Angeles Dodgers. After falling behind 2-1 in the series, the Nationals came back to win Games 4 and 5 to win the series and clinch a berth in the NLCS for the first time since 1981 when they were the Montreal Expos.

It was a pretty convincing series win for the Nationals in the NLCS, who went on to out-score the Cardinals 20-6 in the four games. The Nationals also won each of the four games by at least two runs or more.

Washington will await the winner of the American League Championship Series between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees. The Astros took a 2-1 series lead over the Yankees on Tuesday after a 4-1 win at Yankees Stadium in the Bronx.

Game 4 of the ALCS takes place on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. in New York.

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