October 07, 2011
Score and situation: Admitted into the playoffs on the season's final day, the St. Louis Cardinals are on their way to the NLCS after a thrilling 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Friday night. The Phillies' season, meanwhile, ends after a best-in-baseball 102 victories in the regular season.
Leading lads: A pitcher's duel between Chris Carpenter and Roy Halladay(notes) was advertised and that's exactly what we got. Carpenter turned in a performance that will go down as one of the best in St. Louis history, pitching a three-hit, complete-game shutout to clinch the series.
Head hangers: Jimmy Rollins(notes), Hunter Pence(notes) and Ryan Howard(notes) went a combined 0-for-12 at the top of the Phils' order. In a sad twist, Howard — who went 2-for-19 in the series — made the last out of the game and injured himself while leaving the batter's box.
Key play: Furcal tripled off Halladay to the lead off the game and was doubled home on the next at-bat by Skip Schumaker(notes). It would be the only run scored by the Cardinals — but the only one that Carpenter would need.
What's next: OK, who had an all-NL Central matchup in the NLCS? The Cardinals will travel to Milwaukee to renew a heated regular season rivalry with the Brewers. Game 1 starts Sunday at 4:05 p.m. ET.
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