Wild-card Nationals head to World Series with sweep of Cardinals
Kendrick named series MVP
By HOWARD FENDRICH, Associated Press
Published: October 15, 2019, 9:31pm
WASHINGTON - It was merely the first inning, yet fans kept rising out of their seats to applaud or yell or twirl their red towels, to chant "Let's go, Nats!" and "M-V-P!" and various players' names, enjoying every moment of a seven-run outburst that would, eventually, propel their city to its first World Series appearance in 86 years.
And then, a couple of hours and several innings later, as the Washington Nationals were protecting a shrinking lead, those same spectators, 43,976 strong, stood and shouted and reveled some more Tuesday night, giddily counting down the outs needed to finish off an NL Championship Series sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals.
From 19-31 during a mediocre May to the Fall Classic in an outstanding October.
Extending their stunning turnaround, the wild-card Nationals got RBI from middle-of-the-order stars Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto in that breakout first inning, and Patrick Corbin's 12-strikeout performance and a trio of relievers helped hold on to beat St. Louis 7-4 in Game 4 of a lopsided best-of-seven NLCS.
"Often, bumpy roads lead to beautiful places," manager Dave Martinez said, "and this is a beautiful place."
By HOWARD FENDRICHAP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - It was merely the first inning, yet fans kept rising out of their seats to applaud or yell or twirl their red towels, to chant "Let's go, Nats!"
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