The Bottom Line: John Lackey (1-0, 1.29) went seven strong innings surrendering only one run on five hits and a walk. Matt Carpenter continued to exert his postseason dominance with a solo home run in the bottom of the third. He has now homered in each of the playoff games this year. Hanley Ramirez had an RBI double in the sixth that tied the game at one. Kolten Wong became the hero of the night with a go-ahead two run home run in the seventh. Trevor Rosenthal picked up the save in the ninth.
Carpenter’s Crush: This marks the third time this postseason that Matt Carpenter has gone deep in a crucial situation. What’s more is that this is the third game in a row in which he has hit a double and a home run. He continues to power the Cards’ offense which is not something we expected out of him coming into the postseason. He has taken on a leadership role even though he is still a young player, and it looks as if he is not going to slow down.
Wong’s Heroics: Kolten Wong proved yet again that he has what it takes to perform in the spotlight. His big blast changed the momentum of the game and even the series, giving the Cards a very good chance to advance to the NLCS. Wong is also very young (he’s just a rookie!) but he is living up to the hype that surrounded him coming into the season. It is great to see such young talent for the Cards coming through in clutch situations.