Wild Card Nationals head to World Series with sweep of Cards

Maddux had quite a morning before Game 3 of the NLCS

Maddux had quite a morning before Game 3 of the NLCS

Washington made those runs stands as they defeated St. Louis 7-4 to clinch the franchise's first-ever trip to the World Series.

It took 86 long years, but the celebrating is on in the nation's capital, as the World Series-starved fan base saw their team punch its ticket to the Fall Classic for the first time since 1933. I expect Washington to keep Scherzer in the bullpen with the potential to close out the game and send them to the World Series.

The Nationals moved to D.C.in 2005, after leaving Montreal, where they were previously the Expos. Corbin struck out 12 in just five innings in Game 4.

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But this month alone they beat the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL wild-card game after trailing 3-1 heading to the eighth, and eliminated the Los Angeles Dodgers in a dramatic Game 5 in the NL Division Series after trailing 3-1 heading to the eighth again.

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Washington wouldn't be where it is without the help of former Tigers pitchers. They won the World Series previous year, defeating the Dodgers 5-1 in Game 5 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

The Cardinals got on the board in the fourth inning with a Yadier Molina solo shot off Nationals starter Patrick Corbin, and then the visiting side added three more runs off Corbin in the fifth inning.

It's been a insane year for DC sports fans, with the Capitals having hoisted the Stanley Cup trophy just over a year ago, and the Nationals now just four wins away from matching that level of accomplishment. 3 and 4 hitters Goldschmidt and Marcell Ozuna at one point combined to strike out in 10 consecutive at-bats. Games 3, 4 and, if necessary, 5 will be at Nationals Park.

Cardinals: Their next game will come in spring training, an exhibition at home in Jupiter, Florida, on February 22. Washington did not face either Houston or the Yankees in interleague play in 2019.

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