Giants and Cardinals Advance, Will Play for NL Pennant

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Giants Lou Seal and Cardinals Fredbird are the mascots

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The San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals both defeated their opponents to advance to the National League Championship Series.

Both teams won the best-of-5 NLDS in four games and now will face each other to advance to the World Series.

The Cardinals most notably beat the Los Angeles Dodgers and are advancing to the NLCS because of their hitting. The ace of the Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw, did not have an answer for the Cards–losing two games of the four. Widely considered the best pitcher in baseball, Kershaw gave up a 3-run homer in game 4 in the 7th-inning to put the Cards ahead.

The Giants, like the Kansas City Royals, are hot. After Beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-0 in a win-or-go-home wild card game, the Giants went on to beat the Washington Nationals the first two games in Washington. Then, in game 4, starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong pitched solid for 5.2 innings after 10 days rest.

The Giants along with manager Bruce Bochy are an MLB record 8-0 in playoff series. The Cards were in the World Series last season–losing to the Boston Red Sox. The Giants are 4-3 against the Cards this regular season but the Cards have home field advantage, having the better record.

The Giants travel to St. Louis for game 1 on Saturday October 11.