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1ST INNING EXPLOSION SENDS THE CARDINALS TO THE NLCS

A 10-run explosion in the top of the first powered St. Louis into the National League Championship Series, as they downed Atlanta 13-1 Wednesday evening at SunTrust Park. Marcell Ozuna singled home Dexter Fowler, followed by a bases-loaded walk to Matt Carpenter two batters later that made it a quick 2-0 lead for the Cardinals. Tommy Edman then got the rout going full speed ahead.



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Mike Shannon with the call on the Cardinals Radio Network and Superstation KRES. Fowler and Kolten Wong would each also smack two-RBI doubles in the first on the way to a record-setting half-inning. Paul DeJong singled home Edman in the second, and Harrison Bader and DeJong each singled in runs in the top of the third to build a comfortable 13-0 lead. Josh Donaldson homered for the Braves in the bottom of the fourth for the lone Atlanta run. Redbirds manager Mike Shildt…



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Shildt talked about the factors that went into the makeup of his club.



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The run support allowed Jack Flaherty to cruise through six innings, striking out eight, walking one, and allowing just the Donaldson homer among four hits. Flaherty says he requested to pitch the sixth inning.



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Flaherty says after the 10-run first he had to make sure not to allow the Braves to creep back into the game.



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Shildt says the first inning unfolded in its own time.



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Third baseman Matt Carpenter talked about the first inning.



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Carpenter says they’re excited to be going to the NLCS.



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Paul Goldschmidt joined Wong, Edman, and DeJong with two hits each, helping the Cards to a robust 8-of-17 mark with runners in scoring position.

St. Louis will hold home-field advantage in the NLCS, as Washington upended Los Angeles 7-3 to punch their ticket to the next round. Game one is set for Friday night in Busch Stadium, with first pitch set for 7:08. Pregame coverage begins at 6:13 Friday night on 99.9 The Captain, KIRK.
Saturday game 2 will be an afternoon contest starting just after 3. (pregame coverage at 2:13 on KIRK)

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