Nationals sweep Cardinals in NLCS, advance to franchise’s first World Series

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 15: Max Scherzer #31 of the Washington Nationals celebrates with teammates in the clubhouse after they won game four and the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park on October 15, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON– The Washington Nationals completed the sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series on Tuesday night, and will advance to the franchise’s first World Series appearance.

The Nationals won 7-4 on Tuesday night, behind a 7-run first inning and five strong innings from P Patrick Corbin.

Despite recording only 15 outs, Corbin got 12 of those by strikeout.

After scoring in the first innings, the Nationals didn’t add any more insurance, but were able to hold off the Cardinals comeback attempt.

IF/OF Howie Kendrick was named NLCS MVP after going 5-for-15 with 4 doubles and 4 RBI’s in the series.

The Nationals are the first team from the nation’s capital to advance to the World Series since the 1933 Washington Senators lost to the New York Yankees in five games.

The only other baseball franchise to never appear in the World Series: the Seattle Mariners.

Game One of the World Series will see the Nationals head to either Houston or New York to face either the Astros or Yankees on Tuesday, October 23.

The Astros beat the Yankees 4-1 in Game 3 at Yankee Stadium in New York Tuesday and lead the best-of-seven American League Championship Series two games to one. Game 4 is scheduled for Wednesday, weather permitting.

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