2021 National League Wild Card Game
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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis Cardinals 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0
Los Angeles Dodgers 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 3 7 1
DateOctober 6, 2021
VenueDodger Stadium
CityLos Angeles, California
Managers
Umpires
Attendance53,193
TelevisionTBS
TV announcersBrian Anderson, Ron Darling and Lauren Shehadi
RadioESPN
Radio announcersJon Sciambi and Kyle Peterson

The 2021 National League Wild Card Game was a play-in game during Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2021 postseason contested between the two wild card teams in the National League (NL): the St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Dodgers. It was played on October 6,[2] at Dodger Stadium. The game was televised nationally by TBS and presented by Hankook Tire.[2] Chris Taylor of the Los Angeles Dodgers hit a two out, two-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th inning to win the game for the Dodgers, sending them to the National League Division Series to face the San Francisco Giants.

Background

Main articles: 2021 Los Angeles Dodgers season and 2021 St. Louis Cardinals season

The St. Louis Cardinals secured a postseason berth in the Wild Card Game on September 28.[3] The Cardinals previously appeared in the 2012 NL Wild Card Game, defeating the Atlanta Braves,[4] and the 2020 NL Wild Card Series, where they fell to the San Diego Padres, two games to one.[5]

With the San Francisco Giants finishing their season (107–55), they clinched the National League West division, resulting in the Los Angeles Dodgers (106–56) hosting the Cardinals in the Wild Card Game. This was the Dodgers' first wild card game appearance after winning the NL West for eight consecutive seasons. The Dodgers set an MLB record for the most wins by a wild card team.[6]

The Cardinals won 22 of their final 25 regular-season games, which included a 17-game winning streak, the longest in franchise history.[7] After acquiring Max Scherzer and Trea Turner at the trade deadline, the Dodgers went 44–13 the rest of the season.[8]

This was the sixth postseason meeting between the Dodgers and Cardinals, with the Cardinals previously winning four and the Dodgers winning one. In the regular season series, the Dodgers posted a 4–3 record against the Cardinals.[9]

The Dodgers' All-Star first baseman Max Muncy was not on the roster due to a collusion at first base with Jace Peterson on the final day of the season. It was later reported he suffered a dislocated elbow on the play and his status remained an unknown if the Dodgers advanced.[10]

Game results

Line score

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 5:10 pm (PDT) at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis Cardinals 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0
Los Angeles Dodgers 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 3 7 1
WP: Kenley Jansen (1–0)   LP: T. J. McFarland (0–1)
Home runs:
STL: None
LAD: Justin Turner (1), Chris Taylor (1)
Attendance: 53,193
Boxscore

Max Scherzer started for the Dodgers and he pitched 4+13 innings, allowing only one run on three hits and three walks. Tommy Edman scored the Cardinals run in the first inning on a bloop single, stolen base and a wild pitch. Adam Wainwright pitched 5+13 innings for the Cardinals, allowing only a solo home run by Justin Turner in the fourth inning. The game remained tied until the bottom of the ninth when Chris Taylor hit a walk-off two-run home run off of Alex Reyes.[11]

This was Mike Shildt's last game as the Cardinals' manager. He was dismissed by the team on October 14, 2021 and replaced by Oliver Marmol.

See also

References

  1. ^ "2021 AL & NL Wild Card Game Umpire Roster". closecallsports.com. October 4, 2021. Retrieved October 5, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "MLB announces 2021 Postseason schedule". MLB.com (Press release). Major League Baseball. August 25, 2021. Retrieved September 26, 2021.
  3. ^ Silver, Zachary (September 28, 2021). "With 17th straight, Cards clinch NL Wild Card". MLB.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved September 29, 2021.
  4. ^ "Cardinals 6, Braves 3 (Final Score)". MLB.com. October 5, 2012. Retrieved October 2, 2021.
  5. ^ Heilbrunn, Annie (October 3, 2020). "Padres beat Cardinals in Wild Card Series to advance to NLDS in Texas; fans go wild outside Petco". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved October 2, 2021.
  6. ^ "LEADING OFF: 106-win Dodgers host Cards in NL wild-card game". AP.com. AP. October 5, 2021. Retrieved October 6, 2021.
  7. ^ Mather, Victor (29 September 2021). "With 17th Straight Win, the Cardinals Are in Elite Company". The New York Times.
  8. ^ Stephen, Eric (3 October 2021). "106-win Dodgers finish strong, but end regular season in 2nd place". True Blue LA. Retrieved 4 October 2021.
  9. ^ "2021 MLB Baseball Standings Grid". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 1, 2021.
  10. ^ Toribio, Juan. "Muncy (elbow) 'very unlikely' for WC Game". MLB.com. Retrieved 20 October 2021.
  11. ^ Toribio, Juan (October 6, 2021). "What a finish! Dodgers walk off into NLDS". MLB.com. Retrieved October 6, 2021.

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