Soon after document streak, Cardinals undone by one particular hanging slider

LOS ANGELES (AP) — That document streak in September intended tiny for the St. Louis Cardinals in a postseason that ended with just one hanging slider.

Alex Reyes served up a activity-ending house operate to Chris Taylor just soon after getting into in the ninth inning, a drive that gave the Los Angeles Dodgers a 3-1 gain in the NL wild-card game Wednesday night time and sent the Cardinals home.

Reyes, a 27-12 months-aged proper-hander, was summoned after T.J. McFarland walked Cody Bellinger with two outs.

Bellinger stole 2nd, Reyes fell behind 2-1 and Taylor despatched a no-doubt travel 420 ft and various rows deep into the still left industry pavilion.

Cardinals teammate Adam Wainwright gave Reyes a major hug in the clubhouse right after the activity.

“I explained to him I beloved him, and I explained to him we liked him,” Wainwright reported. “That’s all you can say. He most likely does not want to hear any of it. But he has an amazing potential forward of him, and I can not wait to see what he does subsequent.”

Reyes was an All-Star this period and converted his initial 24 career help save possibilities to set a big league report. But on July 20 he blew a direct versus the Chicago Cubs, and by early September missing his closer’s career.

As the group of 53,193 celebrated the finish of the initial postseason video game at Dodger Stadium with fans in two years, Reyes walked towards the dugout with his head down. Cardinals supervisor Mike Shildt gave him a pat.

“We’re not right here without having Alex Reyes,” Shildt explained.

St. Louis was below .500 as late as Aug. 10 and didn’t choose off until eventually a franchise-file 17-match winning streak in September. The Cardinals shut with a 19-3 hurry to assert the second NL wild card.

They strike over .300 with runners in scoring posture for the duration of their streak but were for 11 in people cases in opposition to the Dodgers, stranding 11 all round.

Tommy Edman experienced 3 of the Cardinals’ 5 hits. Wainwright, at 40 matched up against 37-year-old Max Scherzer, threw 59 of 95 pitches for strikes but allowed only four hits, which include Justin Turner’s leadoff homer in the fourth, and lasted 5 1/3 innings.

Tale continues

“I felt we had a staff that was going to gain the Planet Sequence, actually,” Wainwright mentioned. “We played a very good team tonight.”

Turner’s homer countered the Cardinals’ operate in the to start with, when Edman scored on a wild pitch.

Several hours afterwards, the Dodgers readied for a Division Series matchup with rival San Francisco. The Cardinals headed property, nevertheless looking for their to start with title because 2011.

“What a fantastic group we can be when we engage in like we’re meant to, and we performed like that down the stretch,” Wainwright said. “We didn’t gain, but we manufactured them anxious, didn’t we?”


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