It took the Cardinals 13 innings to win Game 1 of the NLCS. The Cards got a bloop single from Daniel Descalso who came around on Beltran's RBI single to score the game's winning run. By Dilip Vishwanat
(BaseballStL ) --When the Cardinals take on the Dodgers in Game 6 on Friday, the Redbirds are looking to erase some bitter memories of past NLCS finishes. Even though they've won 7 of their last 8 elimination games, the Cards have lost 7 straight games while having a 3-1 lead in the NLCS. The Cards have also been outscored 58-6 during those games.
When reminded of last year's collaspe to San Francisco, Cards catcher Yadier Molina squelched the talk of another meltdown. " I don't know why you guys keep talking about last year", said Molina. "We're not thinking about that. It’s different. We're facing a different team."
Meanwhile, the Dodgers are hoping that the Cardinals have fresh thoughts of last year's NLCS defeat to the Giants. "We've kind of become America's team, because everyone wants to see a seventh game," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. “Probably the fans in St.Louis would like a seventh game. "
The Cardinals will send rookie Michael Wacha against L.A. ace Clayton Kershaw. "We're O.K.", said Cards outfielder Carlos Beltran. “We have a one game lead. We weren't expecting to come here and have it easy."