Following massive streak, Cardinals undone by just one hanging slider

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A gorgeous September meant tiny for the St. Louis Cardinals in postseason that finished with a single hanging slider.

Alex Reyes gave up a video game-ending residence run to Chris Taylor just after entering the match in the ninth inning, a travel that gave the Los Angeles Dodgers a 3-1 get Wednesday night time and despatched the Cardinals residence.

Reyes, a 27-year-outdated ideal-hander, entered immediately after T.J. McFarland walked Cody Bellinger with two outs.

Bellinger stole next, Reyes fell powering 2-1 and Taylor despatched a no-doubt drive 420 toes and a number of rows deep into the left area pavilion.

Adam Wainwright gave Reyes a big hug in the clubhouse right after the game.

“I informed him I liked him, and I explained to him we cherished him,” Wainwright said. “That’s all you can say. He probably doesn’t want to listen to any of it. But he has an amazing long term in advance of him, and I just can’t hold out to see what he does next.”

Reyes was an All-Star, experienced converted his initially 24 conserve likelihood in a significant league document, but on July 20 he blew a guide against the Chicago Cubs and by early September lost his closer’s position.

As the crowd of 53,193 celebrated at initial postseason match at Dodger Stadium with enthusiasts in two a long time, Reyes walked toward the dugout with his head down. Cardinals manager Mike Shildt gave him a pat.

“We’re not right here devoid of Alex Reyes,” Shildt stated.

St. Louis was beneath .500 as late as Aug. 10 and did not revive right until a franchise-report 17-activity winning streak in September. The Cardinals closed 19-3 to claim the 2nd NL wild card.

They strike above .300 with runners in scoring position during their streak but have been for 11 RISP in opposition to the Dodgers, stranding 11 runners.

Tommy Edman experienced a few of the Cardinals’ five hits. Wainwright, at 40 matched up from 37-calendar year-aged Max Scherzer, threw just 59 of 95 pitches for strikes but authorized four hits, such as Justin Turner’s leadoff homer in the fourth, and lasted 5 1/3 innings.

“I felt we had a team that was heading to earn the Globe Sequence, honestly,” Wainwright reported. “We performed a fantastic team tonight.”

Story carries on

Turner’s dwelling operate countered the Cardinals’ operate in the 1st, when Edman scored on a wild pitch.

Hours afterwards, the Dodgers readied for a Division Collection matchup with San Francisco. The Cardinals headed property, continue to looking for their to start with title considering the fact that 2011.

“What a excellent group we can be when we participate in like we’re supposed to, and we performed like that down the extend,” Wainwright claimed. “We didn’t get, but we manufactured them anxious, didn’t we?”


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