The Cardinals secured a series sweep at home against the Pirates when Kolten Wong slugged a solo home run to right field in the 14th inning off of reliever Radhames Liz. It marked their third consecutive walk-off win against the Pirates. They won on Friday with a tenth-inning walk-off RBI single from Matt Adams, and won again on Saturday on Matt Carpenter’s walk-off sacrifice fly in the 11th inning.
The Cardinals have four consecutive walk-off wins against the Pirates dating back to last season. On September 3, Peter Bourjos hit a walk-off single against Mark Melancon in the bottom of the ninth inning to send his team to a 1-0 win.
Now 18-6, the Cardinals have the best record in baseball. In the National League, the Mets have the second-best record at 16-10. The Cardinals are 4.5 games ahead of the second-place Cubs.
The Dodgers only need one more win to clinch the NL pennant and advance to a World Series showdown against the Red Sox, but they might not get that chance tonight. Following David Freese‘s leadoff home run off of Milwaukee left-hander Wade Miley, the Brewers erupted for four runs in the bottom of the first inning to take the lead.
In his second start of the NLCS, Dodgers’ southpaw Hyun-Jin Ryu had a two-on, two-out situation when Jesus Aguilar came up to the plate in the first inning. Aguilar worked a 2-1 count against Ryu, then lashed a two-run line drive double to right field, bringing both Lorenzo Cain and Ryan Braun home to score. In the next at-bat, Mike Moustakas drove in Aguilar with a first-pitch double to right, while Erik Kratz‘s RBI single topped off the Brewers’ four-run spread to give them an early 4-1 advantage.
Ryu didn’t get a reprieve for long. In the second, Christian Yelich and Braun went back-to-back with another pair of doubles to advance the Brewers 5-1 above their National League rivals. The lefty was pulled after just three innings of seven-hit, five-run, three-strikeout ball — per MLB.com’s Bill Shaikin, it marked just the second time the 31-year-old had given up four or more runs in a start this season.
The Dodgers started to work their way back in the fifth inning: Freese returned with an RBI double that plated Brian Dozier, who scooted around from first and easily beat the tag at the plate to score the Dodgers’ second run of the night. Together, the teams have combined for five doubles in five innings. The Brewers still lead in the fifth, 5-2.