WASHINGTON — The game was over in the first inning. With chants of “Let’s go Nats!” echoing from the first pitch, and then chants of “Let’s go Corbin!” as Nationals starter Patrick Corbin mowed down the Cardinals with three strikeouts to begin the game, followed by “M-V-P!” chants as Anthony Rendon stepped up with two runners on, the Nationals never let the Cardinals breathe. They never let them breathe the entire series.The Nationals ambushed the Cardinals with a seven-run first inning — an insane amount of action in just 21 pitches that included six hits, a sacrifice fly, a sacrifice bunt and two horrific defensive miscues — and held on for a 7-4 victory to complete a sweep in the National League Championship Series and reach the first World Series in franchise history. The Cardinals never led for a single inning in the four games.It was complete domination, with the vaunted Nationals rotation leading the way as the Cardinals hit just .130. The four Nationals starters — Anibal Sanchez, Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Corbin — allowed five runs in 26.2 innings, three of those in the fifth inning off Corbin in the clinching game. It means for the first… Read full this story
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