The St. Louis Cardinals are up to their old tricks again.
After destroying the Washington Nationals by a score of 8-0 on Wednesday afternoon, the Cards—the team with the worst record entering the playoffs and the team that wouldn't have made the playoffs if not for the new two wild-card rule—are just one game away from the NLCS.
If you're not starting to get 2011 déjà vu, then you just aren't doing it right.
St. Louis got 5.2 scoreless innings from Chris Carpenter in just his fourth start of the season, while the hitters did just enough to squeak out the all-important Game 3 win.
Pete Kozma smacked a three-run homer in the second inning, Matt Holliday chipped in three hits and two RBI and four others added a multi-hit game—including Carpenter—as the Cards piled on 14 hits in the blowout.
On the other side, Edwin Jackson took the loss for the Nationals; while Ian Desmond, who recorded three hits, was the only bright spot during Washington's forgettable day.
Game 4 will take place in Washington on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. ET as the Nationals try to keep their postseason dreams alive.