Cardinals Headed to World Series

After beating Dodgers last night

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Oct 19, 2013 12:01 AM CDT

(Newser) – Clayton Kershaw was long gone. Michael Wacha kept Dodgers hitters down, ignoring the surprisingly big lead and pitching as if the opposing ace was still dealing. The rookie left no doubt in a 9-0 rout last night that put the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series for the second time in three years and kicked Los Angeles' high-dollar roster to the curb. "Yeah, anytime you're going to face Clayton Kershaw, you're probably going to have to match zeros against him," Wacha said after getting the best of Kershaw for the second time in the series. "You know, our guys just battled out there today. It was so much fun to watch in the dugout."

Wacha was named MVP of the series. He threw seven innings of two-hit ball in the clincher and totaled 13 2-3 scoreless innings. The Cardinals rebounded from a Game 5 loss and early on removed tension from last fall when they squandered a 3-1 NLCS lead and faded badly against the Giants. They won their 19th NL pennant and will try for their third World Series title since 2006. The opener is Wednesday at the winner of the ALCS between the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers.

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw walks back to the dugout after the third inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. The Cardinals scored four runs in the inning.
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw walks back to the dugout after the third inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals Friday,...   (Charlie Neibergall)
St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina reacts after Los Angeles Dodgers' Mark Ellis strikes out to end Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 9-0 to win the series.
St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina reacts after Los Angeles Dodgers' Mark Ellis strikes out to end Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis....   (Jeff Roberson)
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw watches as St. Louis Cardinals' David Freese hits a single during the third inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis.
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw watches as St. Louis Cardinals' David Freese hits a single during the third inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series Friday,...   (Chris Carlson)
St. Louis Cardinals' David Freese scores in front of Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis during the third inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis.
St. Louis Cardinals' David Freese scores in front of Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis during the third inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013,...   (David J. Phillip)
The St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 9-0 to win the series.
The St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 9-0 to win the...   (David J. Phillip)
The St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 9-0 to win the series.
The St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 9-0 to win the...   (Chris Carlson)
Los Angeles Dodgers' Hanley Ramirez gets ready to bat during the second inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis.
Los Angeles Dodgers' Hanley Ramirez gets ready to bat during the second inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in...   (David J. Phillip)
St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina reacts after hitting an RBI single during the third inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis.
St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina reacts after hitting an RBI single during the third inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct....   (Jeff Roberson)
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw shouts after walking St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Adams to load the bases during the third inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis.
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw shouts after walking St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Adams to load the bases during the third inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship...   (David J. Phillip)
St. Louis Cardinals' David Freese and Yadier Molina celebrate after both scored on a hit by Shane Robinson during the third inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis.
St. Louis Cardinals' David Freese and Yadier Molina celebrate after both scored on a hit by Shane Robinson during the third inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against...   (David J. Phillip)
St. Louis Cardinals' David Freese and Yadier Molina celebrate after both scored on a hit by Shane Robinson during the third inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis.
St. Louis Cardinals' David Freese and Yadier Molina celebrate after both scored on a hit by Shane Robinson during the third inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against...   (Jeff Roberson)
The St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 9-0 to win the series.
The St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 9-0 to win the...   (Charlie Neibergall)
St. Louis Cardinals' Carlos Beltran celebrates after Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 9-0 to win the series.
St. Louis Cardinals' Carlos Beltran celebrates after Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won...   (David J. Phillip)
The St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 9-0 to win the series.
The St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 9-0 to win the...   (Chris Carlson)
St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina hits an RBI single during the third inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis.
St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina hits an RBI single during the third inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St....   (Chris Carlson)
St. Louis Cardinals' Shane Robinson hits a two-run scoring single during the third inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis.
St. Louis Cardinals' Shane Robinson hits a two-run scoring single during the third inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Oct. 18,...   (Chris Carlson)
The St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 9-0 to win the series.
The St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 9-0 to win the...   (Charlie Neibergall)
The St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 9-0 to win the series.
The St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 9-0 to win the...   (Jeff Roberson)
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