National League Game Summary - Cincinnati at St. Louis|
(Wednesday, October 3rd)
Final Score: St. Louis 1, Cincinnati 0
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Matt Carpenter's go-ahead RBI single in the
bottom of the eighth inning lifted the St. Louis Cardinals to 1-0 win over the
Cincinnati Reds in the regular season finale.
The defending-champion Cardinals (88-74), who clinched the National League's
second wild card spot on Tuesday following the Los Angeles Dodgers' loss to
the San Francisco Giants, will travel to Atlanta to take on the Braves on
Friday at 5:07 p.m. (ET).
The winner will advance to the division series and take on the Washington
Nationals in the opening game on Sunday.
Cardinals starter Shelby Miller took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, but
Wilson Valdez's two-out bloop single into right field broke up the no-no.
"Shelby looked terrific," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "He came out
there against a very good team that threw their lineup out there that they
will use the first day of the playoffs. So pretty impressive what he was able
Coming off his own no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates last week,
Reds starter Homer Bailey fanned six and scattered four hits over four frames
in a no-decision.
"Homer finished up real strong," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He is in a
good place. He likes how he's throwing the ball and so do we."
The NL Central-winning Reds (97-65) will open the playoffs on the road
Saturday at 9:37 p.m. (et) against the Giants.
Shane Robinson hit a one-out single off Jonathan Broxton (3-3) in the eighth
before Tony Cingrani came in from the bullpen and walked Skip Schumaker to put
runners on first and second.
Carpenter came up next and ripped a sharply hit grounder that handcuffed
Valdez at second base and allowed Robinson to score.
Victor Marte (3-2) tossed a scoreless eighth to pick up the win and Jason
Motte notched his 42nd save after recording up the final two outs in the
The Cardinals was 3-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left nine men
on base, while Cincinnati finished 0-for-1 with RISP and stranded five.
10/04 02:59:04 ET