The St. Louis Cardinals effectively had the game sealed up after the first inning on Wednesday in what was a jaw-dropping, record-breaking showing. Against the Atlanta Braves in the deciding Game 5 of the NLDS, the Cardinals exploded to the tune of ten, yes ten, runs in the top of the first to give ace Jack Flaherty a massive advantage before he had even toed the rubber.
The record total of runs came from all directions, too, though not a single home run was hit by them as they batted around and around. There were singles, doubles, players walked in for runs with the bases loaded, errors (one by Freddie Freeman in shocking fashion), and even one scored on a strikeout that wasn’t caught. It was a wild half inning that certainly silenced the old crowd- ever the old sports cliché. The Cardinals struck first and showed no mercy, and they would cruise to a 13-1 win in the end to move on to the NLCS, where they will be hosting the Washington Nationals. Who saw these results coming, and if so, did you in this way?