Nationals advance to first World Series, sweep Cardinals

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Washington Nationals have advanced to the Fall Classic on Tuesday night. The Nationals swept the St. Louis Cardinals in order to move onto the final series of the MLB season.

The Nationals defeated the Cardinals, 7-4, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. There were 43,976 fans in attendance to see history be made.

Washington Nationals star Juan Soto hits a solo home run to tie the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers
Juan Soto hits a solo home run to tie the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers (Getty Images)

This franchise has been around since 1969, but this is their first World Series appearance. The Nationals have been playing in Washington, D.C. since 2005.

It is the first-time since 1933 that the World Series will be played in Washington, D.C. The New York Giants defeated the Washington Senators in Game 5.

With the Nationals in the Fall Classic, it is the first-time since the 2015 season that a National League East team made the final series of the season. The Kansas City Royals defeated the New York Mets in Game 5.

The previous first-timers have not fared well in the World Series. In fact, they are 2-3 overall. The wins came by the Los Angeles Angels and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Tampa Bay Rays, Colorado Rockies, and the Milwaukee Brewers all lost.

The Nationals will face either the Houston Astros or the New York Yankees. Presently, with a win on Tuesday, the Astros hold a 2-1 in their Best of 7 series.

José Martínez cut the Nationals lead to 7-4 in the bottom of the fifth inning. Martínez doubled to deep right center field that scored Dexter Fowler and Kolten Wong.

Also, in the bottom of the fifth, Tommy Edman grounded out to second base. Harrison Bader scored on the play to make it 7-2.

Yadier Molina hit a home run to center field. The 408-foot home run put the Cardinals on the board.

The Nationals put a seven-run first-inning on the board in the bottom of the first inning. Trea Turner singled to left field that scored Víctor Robles and Yan Gomes to increase the lead to 7-0.

Before being batted in, Gomes singled to left field that also scored Howie Kendrick and Ryan Zimmerman. Robles also singled to right field during his at-bat. Juan Soto scored on the play, as the Nationals went up 3-0.

Soto made it 2-0 when he doubled to left field that scored Adam Eaton. Anthony Rendon began the scoring with a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Turner.

Nationals pitcher Patrick Corbin received the win. He went five innings and allowed the four runs (four earned runs), including one home run, over four hits.

He also struck out 12 batters and walked three.

Daniel Hudson picked up his second save of the postseason. He threw a scoreless ninth inning.

Cardinals pitcher Dakota Hudson received the loss. He went 1/3rd of an inning and allowed seven runs, including four earned runs, on five hits. He also walked one batter.

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