Just after massive streak, Cardinals undone by just one hanging slider

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A breathtaking September meant tiny for the St. Louis Cardinals in postseason that ended with one particular hanging slider.

Alex Reyes gave up a game-ending property operate to Chris Taylor just right after coming into the video game in the ninth inning, a push that gave the Los Angeles Dodgers a 3-1 get Wednesday evening and sent the Cardinals dwelling.

Reyes, a 27-12 months-aged suitable-hander, entered right after T.J. McFarland walked Cody Bellinger with two outs.

Bellinger stole next, Reyes fell behind 2-1 and Taylor despatched a no-question generate 420 feet and numerous rows deep into the still left industry pavilion.

Adam Wainwright gave Reyes a major hug in the clubhouse right after the match.

“I explained to him I cherished him, and I explained to him we loved him,” Wainwright reported. “That’s all you can say. He possibly does not want to listen to any of it. But he has an remarkable foreseeable future forward of him, and I cannot hold out to see what he does subsequent.”

Reyes was an All-Star, experienced converted his to start with 24 help save prospects in a major league history, but on July 20 he blew a guide in opposition to the Chicago Cubs and by early September lost his closer’s work.

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

“We’re not in this article without Alex Reyes,” Shildt explained.

St. Louis was less than .500 as late as Aug. 10 and didn’t revive until a franchise-history 17-sport profitable streak in September. The Cardinals shut 19-3 to assert the 2nd NL wild card.

They hit more than .300 with runners in scoring situation for the duration of their streak but were for 11 RISP in opposition to the Dodgers, stranding 11 runners.

Tommy Edman experienced three of the Cardinals’ five hits. Wainwright, at 40 matched up from 37-year-outdated Max Scherzer, threw just 59 of 95 pitches for strikes but allowed four hits, together with Justin Turner’s leadoff homer in the fourth, and lasted 5 1/3 innings.

“I felt we had a staff that was heading to gain the Environment Sequence, honestly,” Wainwright said. “We played a great workforce tonight.”

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

Hrs afterwards, the Dodgers readied for a Division Collection matchup with San Francisco. The Cardinals headed home, nonetheless looking for their initially title since 2011.

“What a excellent staff we can be when we enjoy like we’re supposed to, and we performed like that down the stretch,” Wainwright mentioned. “We didn’t acquire, but we manufactured them anxious, didn’t we?”


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