The St. Louis Cardinals and the Arizona Diamondbacks were both victorious on Wednesday and forced a game five that will take place Friday. The Cardinals are headed back to Philadelphia to take on the Phillies and the Diamondbacks will play the Brewers one final time in Milwaukee. The winners will face off in the National League Championship Series.
Game Recap: Philadelphia at St. Louis, Busch Stadium – St. Louis, Missouri
Philadelphia 3, Cardinals 5
(WP: Jackson) (LP: Oswalt) (SV: Motte)
Facing elimination, the St. Louis Cardinals had one thing on their mind Wednesday: a final game at Citizens Bank Park Friday night. The Red Birds welcomed Matt Holliday back to the lineup, after dealing with a hand injury that kept him out of the starting lineup the whole series. Holliday went 1-3 and scored two runs.
The big story of the night was David Freese. Freese hit a two-run double in the 4th that put the Cardinals ahead, and in the bottom of the 6th, he hit a two-run homer to straightaway center, which sealed the deal for the Cardinals.
Game five will feature two of the great pitchers in baseball, Cris Carpenter vs. Roy Halliday.
Game Recap: Milwaukee Brewers at Arizona Diamondbacks, Chase Field – Phoenix, Arizona
Milwaukee 6, Arizona 10
(WP: Owings) (LP: Wolf)
The Arizona Diamondbacks brought their bats to the park Wednesday night belting four home runs on their way to a win against the Brewers. The home run parade started in the first inning when Ryan Roberts took Randy Wolf deep with the bases loaded. The very next batter, Chris Young, followed with a solo shot of his own. This would be Young’s first of two homers in the game.
Aaron Hill got into the action in the sixth going deep off of Chris Narveson. The call of the night has to go to Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson: Arizona had runners on second and third with two outs and their pitcher coming to bat. Gibson made the tough call and pinch-hit for starter Joe Saunders and sent Collin Cowgill to the plate. Cowgill came through by belting a single the left that scored two. Game five is Friday night in Milwaukee.
Great stat of the day: Since the inception of the League Division Series in 1995, the National League has never seen both series go all five games. It has happened only once in the American League. In 2001, the New York Yankees defeated the Oakland Athletics and the Seattle Mariners outlasted the Cleveland Indians.
The Good In Sports raises their cap to the Cardinals and the Diamondbacks and wishes all teams the best of luck in their final contest Friday.
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