The Biggest Moments From The St. Louis Cardinals’ Run To The World Series

The highlights of every victory from the Cards’ run so far.

1. Game 1 NLDS: 9-1 victory over the Pirates

Adam Wainwright took the mound in Game 1 and was straight-up deadly, striking out nine batters and only giving up three hits and one run in seven innings.

The Cards scored sevens runs in the third inning alone despite A.J. Burnett trying the ol’ back-up-into-the-guy-by-“accident” move.

And to top it off, relief pitcher Carlos Martinez made this spectacular off-balance throw in the eighth inning because he’s a professional who tries hard all the time.

4. Game 4 NLDS: 2-1 victory over the Pirates

After losing two straight, the Cardinals took the lead in Game 4 when Matt Holliday drilled a two-run homer to deep center in the sixth. Andrew McCutchen made climbing a ten-foot wall look extremely easy, but still couldn’t catch it.

Meanwhile, Michael Wacha was busy doing his thing, taking a no-hit bid into the eighth inning. Wacha Wacha Wacha, y’all. Wacha Wacha Wacha.

6. Game 5 NLDS: 6-1 victory over the Pirates

During Game 5, shortstop Pete Kozma displayed his ridiculous range with two great defensive plays including this diving catch, which goes down in history as yet another play I could never make.

And in the bottom of the eighth inning, Matt Adams launched a monster home run to right field to give the Cardinals a secure 5-1 lead.

The result: 2013 NLDS Champs.

9. Game 1 NLCS: 3-2 victory over the Dodgers (extra innings)

Game 1 went into extra innings, and just when it looked like the Dodgers had successfully pulled off the sac fly, Carlos Beltran made a perfect throw to home plate for a controversial double play to end the inning. It was magical…or total B.S., depending on what fan base you root for.

And because Carlos Beltran is clutch city, he hit a walk-off single in the 13th inning.

11. Game 2 NLCS: 1-0 victory over the Dodgers

Game 2 was a super-boring pitchers duel between Clayton Kershaw and Mr. Wacha Flocka Flame. But, as you can tell here, this was mostly the suns fault. Damn you, sun!

Despite only tallying two hits against Kershaw, the Cardinals were able to get on the board with a Jon Jay sacrifice fly in the fifth inning, which turned out to be the only run of the game. Wahoo! Mr. Jumping Slide!

13. Game 4 NLCS: 4-2 victory over the Dodgers

With the bases loaded in Game 4, starting pitcher Lance Lynn struck out opposing pitcher Ricky Nolasco to avoid a big inning early on.

In the third, Matt Holliday hammer-jacked a two-run homer to left, giving the Cardinals a 3-0 lead.

And relief pitcher Carlos Martinez made a great move to pick off Nick Punto in the seventh inning, taking a runner out of scoring position, and putting Carlos Martinez at the top of my list of Dudes That Continually Surprise Me With Great Plays.

16. Game 6 NLCS: 9-0 victory over the Dodgers

Game 6 began with an epic standoff between Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke and Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly, who decided to see who could stand on the field longer after the national anthem, because pro baseball is, after all, played mostly by men in their 20s. And even though the Dodgers won this standoff, I like to think that we’re all winners here.

And in the fifth inning, everything fell apart for the Dodgers as the Cardinals broke the game open with five runs.

The result: 2013 NLCS Champs.

19. The World Series starts tomorrow and based on what we’ve seen so far from the Cards, many more highlight GIFs are likely on their way.

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