Despite what you probably assumed a couple days ago, the National League playoff picture is far from set.The St. Louis Cardinals and Arizona Diamondback both fought back Wednesday night to set up crucial game five battles.
Both teams will hit the road for Friday’s “win-or-go-home” showdowns.
This is how they got there:
St. Louis Cardinals v. Philadelphia Phillies (Series tied 2-2)
David Freese had two hits through the series’ first three games. But he broke out of his slump in a big way – homering, doubling and driving in four runs in the 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies game one winner, Roy Halladay, and Cardinals ace, Chris Carpenter, former teammates and good friends, will take the mound in Friday’s deciding game. Philadelphia may have won 102 regular season games, but St. Louis has been fighting for their postseason lives for a month now. Don’t expect them to lie down now.
Arizona Diamondbacks v. Milwaukee Brewers (Series tied 2-2)
Up 2-0 in the series, all was good in Milwaukee. But then Arizona struck back – grand slam-style. The Diamondback became just the second team ever to hit grand slams in consecutive playoff games to force a game five in Milwaukee. Ryan Roberts‘ cleared the bases with his first-inning shot and Chris Young left the yard twice in the 10-6 victory. The NL West champions will send 21-game winner Ian Kennedy to the mound Friday to face the Brewers’ Yovani Gallardo. It should come as no surprise that this series is going the distance – Arizona led the majors with 48 comeback victories this season
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