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10/17/2014 | Cardinals proud of fourth straight NLCS appearance

By their nature, long baseball seasons always end abruptly for the good teams that play their way into October, and for more than 100 years, when the final pitch has been thrown and the clubhouse disappointment is heavy, the manager gathers his players to tell them to walk away proud. That is precisely the message Mike Matheny delivered to the final gathering of the 2014 St. Louis Cardinals late Thursday.


10/17/2014 | Neshek leads list of Cards' five free agents

While general manager John Mozeliak won't let the winter pass without trying to fill some holes, the Cardinals are fortunate in that they won't have many of them. Just three players on their postseason roster (Pat Neshek, A.J. Pierzynski and Mark Ellis) are eligible for free agency, and only Neshek played a prominent role for this team. Jason Motte and Justin Masterson round out the Cardinals' free-agent class.


10/17/2014 | Put in 'tough spot,' Wacha allows series-ending homer

Nineteen days had come and gone without Michael Wacha throwing a meaningful pitch before he stepped into the center of the baseball universe on Thursday to throw the most important pitches of the Cardinals' season. One hundred and seventy-one more days will pass before Opening Day 2015, leaving plenty of time to dissect whether the Cardinals made the right choice.


10/17/2014 | Adams takes another ace lefty deep in the postseason

The sold-out crowd at AT&T Park was still abuzz on Thursday after Joe Panik gave the Giants a lead in the bottom of the third inning in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series with a two-run home run. Matt Adams, a big factor in the Cardinals' Game 4 loss because of his two fielding gaffes that led to runs, sucked the air out of the place with one mighty swing just a half-inning later.


10/17/2014 | Dejected Jay appreciates season of resiliency

A second straight trip to the Fall Classic was not in the cards this year for St. Louis, but it was not for a lack of inspired performance by Jon Jay, one of nine current Cardinals who's been present for all four of the club's consecutive runs to the NLCS.


10/17/2014 | NLCS can't get any better -- until it does

Like the Giants, the Cardinals were a team that had trouble making the pieces fit in a rollercoaster of a season. Like the Giants, the Cardinals kept pushing and fighting and clawing. They did themselves proud on a bunch of different levels. In a magical postseason, the Giants just had a bit more.


10/17/2014 | In must-win Game 5, Wainwright returns to form

Facing elimination, the Cardinals handed the ball to their ace on Thursday without any hint of trepidation even though he's scuffled during these playoffs. But in Game 5 at AT&T Park, and with St. Louis needing a victory to stay alive in the National League Championship Series against the Giants, he looked like his old self.


10/17/2014 | Cruz fills in admirably for ailing Molina in Game 5

Without a doubt, losing Yadier Molina to an oblique injury hurt the Cardinals during the National League Championship Series. The veteran catcher sat out the final three contests -- three losses on the road to the Giants. But Tony Cruz, a backup who has soaked up plenty from Molina in four years, did all he could in Thursday's 6-3 loss in Game 5 to make the Cards forget what they were missing.


10/16/2014 | Cardinals-Giants, NLCS Game 5: Did you know?

For the second time in three games in the NLCS, San Francisco walked off with a win over St. Louis. This time, Travis Ishikawa's three-run homer in the ninth inning propelled the Giants to a 6-3 win in Game 5 on Thursday night and a World Series matchup against the Royals. Here's what you need to know about the Giants' win.


10/16/2014 | Unable to swing, Yadi available as defensive option

Despite his attempts to talk himself into the lineup, catcher Yadier Molina remained on the bench for Game 5 of the National League Championship Series as he continues to nurse a left oblique strain.


10/16/2014 | Cardinals' season ends in heartbreak by the Bay

The Cardinals' 90-win season -- one in which they secured a second straight NL Central title by overcoming several key injuries and an inconsistent offense -- ended with a 6-3 walk-off loss in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series on Thursday. Travis Ishikawa delivered the game-winning hit in the ninth -- a walk-off three-run homer into Levi's Landing -- off reliever Michael Wacha.


10/16/2014 | Lineup breakdown: Cardinals vs. Giants, Game 5

The Cardinals face the Giants' ace in a win-or-go-home situation tonight in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series, as left-hander Madison Bumgarner tries to pitch San Francisco to its third World Series appearance in five years.


10/16/2014 | Three keys for the Cardinals in Game 5 of the NLCS

The Cardinals have played themselves into an unenviable spot, trailing 3-1 in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series and needing to defeat the Giants in San Francisco in order to ensure at least one more game at Busch Stadium in 2014. Here are three keys for St. Louis to come out ahead in Game 5.


10/16/2014 | Yadi's absence not what's ailing Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals cannot possibly be the same team without the services of catcher Yadier Molina. And yet, in the exalted realm of October baseball, this cannot be an all-purpose excuse. In fact, the Cardinals are 0-2 in the National League Championship Series games in which Molina has been absent since he sustained a left oblique strain. But the way the Cardinals lost these two games did not point to Molina's absence as the chief culprit.


10/16/2014 | Cards' early-inning momentum halted by double plays

While it's difficult to gripe about the Cardinals' early-inning performance, they certainly could have had more against Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong. In hindsight, two double plays off the bat of Jhonny Peralta in the first and third frames are tough to swallow.


10/16/2014 | MadBum, Giants eye clinch, but Cardinals have Waino

With the Cardinals one loss away from the offseason, they are rolling out the big boys for tonight's Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. It doesn't get much bigger than the Cards' 6-foot-7 Adam Wainwright staring down 6-foot-5 Madison Bumgarner of the Giants with everything on the line.


10/16/2014 | Backs to wall, Cards focused on getting back to St. Louis

Two years ago in the National League Championship Series, the Cardinals had a 3-1 lead over the Giants after four games, only to squander it away with losses in the final three games of the series. The Giants went on to win the World Series. Reminded of this after Wednesday's loss, Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong offered a simplistic yet daunting solution to this predicament. "I guess it would be nice to repay the favor," Wong said, still managing a smile.


10/16/2014 | Giants beating Cardinals at their own game

The St. Louis Cardinals look across the diamond at the San Francisco Giants and see themselves. At least, they see the team they were for most of the season.


10/16/2014 | Defensive lapses are holding Cardinals back in NLCS

The Cardinals as a whole were reliable defensively during the regular season, trailing only the Reds in defensive runs saved. But first baseman Matt Adams' missteps were not the first instance in Game 4, or in the series, of the Cardinals' typically stout defense letting them down.


10/16/2014 | Miller's short start puts Cardinals in a bind

Starter Shelby Miller, making his second career playoff start, allowed three runs in 3 2/3 innings in his shortest outing since June 24 and let the Giants right back into Game 4 of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park.


10/16/2014 | Giants gladly pounce with Adams off balance in sixth

Manager Bruce Bochy likes to say that the Giants make their own luck, applying just enough pressure in just the right places. So it was entirely not surprising to Bochy when Gregor Blanco dribbled a ball to the right side in the sixth inning of Wednesday's Game 4 of the National League Championship Series, pressuring Matt Adams into the poor throw that tied the game and sparked the Giants -- now one win shy of their third World Series berth in five years -- to a 6-4 victory at AT&T Park.


10/16/2014 | Wong making a name for himself this postseason

That short and compact swing that Kolten Wong keeps trying to replicate continues to produce big things for the Cardinals during this postseason. The Cardinals' second baseman, small in stature but large on results, drilled two more extra-base hits in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series on Wednesday against the Giants, including his second home run of the series. It wasn't enough, however, as the Cardinals dropped Game 4 and fell into a 3-1 series hole.


10/16/2014 | Five things we learned from Game 4 of the NLCS

The Giants' 6-4 verdict in Game 4 of the NLCS for a 3-1 lead was baffling on the face of it. The Giants had one extra-base hit -- Gregor Blanco's leadoff double in the first off the glove of center fielder Jon Jay -- when they overcame a one-run deficit with three sixth-inning runs. Another double would come from Brandon Crawford in the seventh. The Cards' defense caved, but that's what can happen when pressure is applied. Here are five things we learned from Game 4.


10/16/2014 | Cardinals-Giants, NLCS Game 4: Did you know?

San Francisco rode six innings of shutout relief and a three-run sixth inning to win, 6-4, on Wednesday night and take a commanding 3-1 series lead over St. Louis. Here's what you need to know about the Giants' victory.


10/16/2014 | Oct. 15 Matheny postgame interview

Manager Mike Matheny meets the media after the Cardinals' 6-4 loss to the Giants in Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday.




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