St. Louis Cardinals vs. Houston Astros: Chris Carpenter took the hill for the Cardinals and before he even stepped on the mound, he had a five-run cushion. Carpenter went on to pitch a complete game two-hitter, as the Cardinals defeated the Astros by a final score of 8-0. The Cardinals fate now rested on how the Braves fared against the Phillies.Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves: The Braves put one on the board in the first and two up in the third inning and took a 3-2 lead going to the ninth. Chase Utley hit a sacrifice fly, which tied the game. The game did not end until the Phillies scored a run in the top of the 13th and shut down the Braves in the bottom half.
The win for the Cardinals combined with the Braves loss means the St. Louis Cardinals clinch the NL Wild Card. The Cardinals clinched the spot by winning 23 of their last 32 games played. The Braves had an eight and half game lead over the Cardinals on September 2nd.
Boston Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles: This game was moving right along until the seventh inning. With the Red Sox leading 3-2, rain moved into Baltimore and caused a rain delay that lasted over an hour. The Orioles were down to their last out in the bottom of the ninth with Jonathan Papelbon on the mound for the Red Sox. Papelbon gave up two doubles and a single allowing Baltimore to score two runs and win the ballgame. Boston’s hopes now rested on what happened in the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays.
New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays: This game got ugly early and by the eighth inning, the Rays were losing 7-0. Powered by Evan Longoria’s three-run homer, the Rays scored six runs in the 8th. The Rays followed that inning by scoring a run off the bat of Dan Johnson, who hit a solo home-run in the bottom of the 9th with 2 outs. This game was going extra innings. In the bottom of the 12th inning, moments after Baltimore beat Boston, Evan Longoria stepped to the plate and hit a walk-off home-run. The Rays beat the Yankees 8-7.
The win for the Rays, combined with the loss by the Red Sox, means the Tampa Bay Rays will represent the American League in the playoffs as the wild card winner. For the Red Sox, their winter started much earlier than they wished. The Red Sox had a nine game lead over the Rays on September 3rd.
This was by far the most exciting night of baseball I have experienced in my life. Some are calling this the best night ever in MLB. The Cardinals and the Rays had very little chance of making the playoffs just a few weeks ago and tonight they both stamped their tickets. Tonight was a great one for MLB and for the regular season to end this way is just amazing. The Good In Sports congratulates the St. Louis Cardinals and the Tampa Bay Rays for their postseason births. We also salute MLB for one of the most memorable and exciting evenings of baseball ever.
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