Cardiac Cards Strike Again & CC stands for Captain Clutch

Game 5’s. The game in the first round which teams start to pull out all of the stops. Usually bringing in another pitcher on short rest, pinch hitting for a slumping star, or even sacrificing a player over from first base. It is intense, has you hanging on the edge of your seat and even can make you a little uneasy watching it. Last night’s games had that feeling.

CC Sabathia took the mound for the Yankees, determined to put away the Orioles and send the Yankees back to the ALCS. Meanwhile the Orioles were looking for the upset against their AL East rivals. But once again, there was another tense moment. Up 1-0 in the 6th inning, Nate McLouth hit a high fly ball to right field which hooked foul but the umpires decided to review it. Once again, Yankees Orioles in the playoffs with a disputed call. Once again, the Orioles couldn’t get a break in the Bronx. Unfortunately for the Orioles, the ball was called foul and they were never able to muster a sustained rally against CC Sabathia in this game. The final scoreline, Yankees 3, Orioles 1. CC Sabathia hurled a complete game, striking out 9 and allowing 4 hits and 1 run. When Matt Weiters grounded out to Sabathia to end the game, the Yankees stormed the field, celebrating their hard fought ALDS victory, ready to push it aside for game 1 tonight against the Tigers in the ALCS.

Even Curtis Granderson joined the party, hitting a solo home run in the 7th inning of the Yankees 3-1 win

How do I describe game 5 of the NLDS between the St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals. First instinct is wow, but there is just so much more. The Nationals were able to steal game 4 late, getting a walk-off home run from Jayson Werth to stave off elimination. The Nationals took all that momentum from game 4, and came out swinging against Adam Wainwright. Wainwright didn’t even make it out of the 3rd inning, giving up 6 runs including long balls to Ryan Zimmerman, Bryce Harper and Michael Morse. Anyone who thought the Cardinals were done was foolish to think that. This is the same team that won 4 elimination games last postseason, and already one this year, they were not going down without a fight. Little by little, they chipped away at the Nationals lead, and when the 9th inning came around, the 7-5 deficit wasn’t so daunting. After Beltran led off the inning with a towering double, we started to have ideas that a comeback was possible. But Matt Holliday grounded out to 3rd and then Allen Craig struck out, and we thought the air might have been taken out of the Cardinals rally. But The Man, The Myth, The Legend David Freese came up. He walked, followed by a bloop single by Daniel Desalso to tie the score. This is when we realized these Cardinals were legit. Rookie Pete Kozma then came up with a 2 run single to right field and the comeback was complete. The Cardinals scored 4 in the 9th inning to stun the Nationals, mostly with 2 outs. After the rally, you could see everyone in Nationals park was stunned. Their lead evaporated within the span of 10 minutes and so did their magical season. Say what you want about how they managed Strasburg, he couldn’t have saved them in this series. The bullpen let them down, along with a possible berth in the NLCS. Hey there’s always next year.

 

Cardiac Cards shock the Nationals with 4 runs in the 9th

Next up is the League Championship Series. The Yankees host the Tigers tonight, followed by the Cardinals traveling to San Francisco to face the Giants. Should be some exciting matchups.

Prediction:

Tigers in 6

Cardinals in 6

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