Though the “Magic Number” had already been erased earlier in the day, the St. Louis Cardinals handled business themselves with a 1-0 win in the final game of the regular season to secure their second consecutive National League Central Division Title.
And perhaps as a tribute to this date three years ago, when Chris Carpenter hurled a tw0-hit shutout against Houston to help the Cardinals secure a berth in the postseason, pitching was again the key today for St. Louis.
Five pitchers combined for the two-hit shutout–Nick Greenwood started the game with 3.0 innings of one-hit ball, followed by Justin Masterson with 2.0 innings of the same. The Kevin Seigrist (0.1), Marco Gonzales (3.0), and Carlos Martinez (0.2) closed the door with no-hit ball.
The only run was scored in the top of the 6th inning after Pete Kozma led off with a double, advanced to third on a groundout by Xavier Scruggs, and was then driven in on a groundout by Kolten Wong.
–The Cardinals shutout was a Major League-best 23rd of the season and most for the team since the 1968 squad put up a club record of 30 blanks.
St. Louis also finished the season 32-23 in one run games, which is the most for the franchise since 1992.
–The Cardinals will begin their Divisional Series in Los Angeles on Friday, October 3rd. The start time has not yet been announced.
WILD CARD START TIMES
–Major League Baseball has announced the American League Wild Card game on Tuesday, September 30th will start at 7:07pm (CT) on TBS. The National League Wild Card game will be played on Wednesday, October 1st at 7:07pm (CT) on ESPN.
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