World Series bound: Cardinals lambast LA

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by JJ Bailey / BaseballStL

KMOV.com

Posted on October 18, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 18 at 10:45 PM

(BaseballStL) -- If anyone wondered where the Cardinal offense was, they can call off the search. The Birds put up nine runs on 13 hits to pound the Dodgers and leave no doubt who would represent the National League in the World Series.

The assault began when Matt Carpenter turned an 11-pitch at bat into a one-out double in the third inning. Carlos Beltran sent Busch into a frenzy when he singled the Cardinal leadoff man home, breaking the deadlock. After advancing to second on Yasiel Puig's throw, Beltran crossed the plate himself when Yadier Molina took a ball up the middle with two outs. 

Beltran now has 12 RBIs and five runs scored in the 2013 playoffs, and will get to play in his first World Series.

The Cardinals weren't done, as David Freese singled and Matt Adams drew a walk to join Molina on the bases and bring Shane Robinson to the dish. 

The diminutive outfielder got the nod to start over Jon Jay, and as he strode toward the plate, not a single seat was occupied. Two runs was nice, but the Cardinal faithful could smell blood in the water. They pounded seats, clapped hands and screamed throats raw. They wanted more. Robinson obliged them.

On a 0-1 count, he shot a fastball into right field, scoring Molina and Freese. Puig's throw sailed wide, moving Robinson and Adams to second and third. 

The sound inside Busch was deafening, and when Pete Kozma was intentionally walked to get to pitcher Michael Wacha, Dodgers fans, what few there were in attendance, surely winced.

Wacha fouled off three pitches from Clayton Kershaw, and for a moment it appeared the wheels would come off. Wacha was eventually retired, and with him the inning, but not before Kershaw threw 48 pitches and the Cardinals batted around. 

The Dodger hurler would eventually be chased from the game when Adams doubled home Molina in the fifth to put the Cardinals up 5-0. That inning would go from bad to worse for Los Angeles, as the Cardinals plated four more runners using a sacrifice fly, a wild pitch, a fielder's choice from Wacha and Beltran single. When the dust cleared it was 9-0 St. Louis.

For his part, Wacha reduced the Dodger offense to nothing more than an two hits and a walk, striking out five through seven innings.

Carlos Martinez would take the baton and strike out two more, before handing the ball Trevor Rosenthal to close the door. 

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JJ Bailey covers the Cardinals for KMOV.com and the BaseballStL app. Follow him on twitter @TheJJBailey and on @baseballstl_app for updates.  

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