Carlos Beltran's three-run homer sparked a seven-run third inning and the St. Louis Cardinals got seven stingy innings from Adam Wainwright, delivering a reality jolt to the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 9-1 rout Thursday in their NL division series opener.
This is video of St. Louis Cardinals rookie pitcher Michael Wacha losing a no-hitter in the ninth inning of a game against Washington on Tuesday night, when Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman reached on a two-out, infield single.
Matt Cain pitched his second series-clinching game of the postseason, and the San Francisco Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 9-0, in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series on Monday night at AT&T Park.
Baseball's last two World Series champions face off for the National League pennant. The Cardinals and Giants advanced to the best-of-seven National League Championship Series by improbable and historic rallies over less-experienced opponents. Game 1 is set for Sunday night, as St. Louis' Lance Lynn opposes San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner at AT&T Park. Here's a preview of the 2012 NLCS:
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