Posted by Pat Gallen, Sat, October 08, 2011 12:40 AM Comments: 63
The St. Louis Cardinals squeaked their way into the postseason. They’ve done the same to get to the National League Championship Series.
In Game 5 of the National League Division Series, Chris Carpenter one-upped his good friend Roy Halladay, throwing a three-hit shutout in the Cardinals 1-0 victory over the Phillies. St. Louis will now take on their division rivals, the Milwaukee Brewers, in the NLCS.
Carpenter dazzled the Phillies, allowing just three hits over nine innings. He struck out just three, but induced 15 groundball outs in the win, the sixth of his career in the postseason. He allowed just one Phillie to reach third base and did not walk a batter.
It was a complete turnaround for the Cardinals ace from a rocky outing in Game 2; one in which he was pulled after only three innings – although his team did pull out a 5-4 win.
But in Game 5, it was all Carpenter from the get-go. Cardinals Manager Tony LaRussa believes this is a game that will stand out for his pitcher and the fans.“I think he’ll remember this forever and so will the Cardinal fans, going into this game against Halladay and winning 1-0.”
Carpenter himself was in awe of the performances on both sides.
“First of all, it as an unbelievable night. First, Roy Halladayis probably at this time the best pitcher in the game, and we came out and were able to jump on him early and get a quick run, which was huge,” said Carpenter.