The Cardinals' struggles against Anibal Sanchez extended by six consoles as they remained unbeaten and trailed Washington 1-0 at Busch Stadium.
The Cardinals put a runner on third base for the second time in the game in the sixth when pinch-hitter Randy Arozarena was hit by a pitch, stole second and went third in a ground out . But Kolten Wong's flight to the field ended the threat.
Sanchez threw 75 pitches in six of 49 strikeouts. He has built more than seven lodges only once during this time. He allowed one run on seven hits with seven strikeouts.
Cards without a hit by six
Anibal Sanchez held the Cardinals without a hit by four rebounds even though they eventually got base runner on a walk in the fourth inning.
Washington leads the first game of the National League Championship Series 1-0 at Busch Stadium.
The Nationals starter threw 45 pitches, with 29 strikeouts, his only gaffe to come when he walked Kolten. Wong with one in the fourth inning. Wong ended up stealing second base and going third in a throwing error but was stranded when Marcell Ozuna came out of third base to end the avoidance.
Sanchez had three strikes and got five Cardinals to fly to the middle field, though none of them were as deep. 19659003] Gomes begins after Kurt Suzuki hits a pitch in the hand and head in Game 5 of the division series and doesn't seem ready. He has been 0-for-12 in the playoffs this season.
Gomes had a double in left field with two outs to drive in Howie Kendrick, who had a double to open the inning against Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas. Gomes was two for seven.
Mikolas had three strikes in the first inning and allowed a single by Anthony Rendon, who was stranded on first base.
Washington starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez retired the Cardinals well in the first two innings.
Washington without close
A Washington bullpen ranked last in the National League in ERA would be nowhere near the first game of the National League Championship Series.
Daniel Hudson is on paternity leave with his wife, who was born on Friday. He may return once Saturday. Manager Dave Martinez said Sean Doolittle would be close, if necessary.
"It didn't seem like the baby would come out until later in the morning," manager Dave Martinez said. "So it's not all good. She has a little girl – congratulations to her and her husband. But we'll be looking for her now. She'll be back here maybe tomorrow."
Hudson appeared in four postseason games – three against the Dodgers – recording two saves and one win. He did not allow a run on 3 2/3 possessions though he gave up four hits.
"We had enough weapons in the bullpen to stop," Martinez said. "It's a game. We'll know it. When the game starts we will see where we are and then from there."
Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said: "Hopefully we're not in the position for him to pitch. We want to stay close to the game."
Meanwhile, Nationals Kurt is out of line Suzuki after being hurt in the hand and head by a pitch thrown by the Dodgers & # 39; Walker Buehler on Wednesday. The pitch knocked Suzuki to the ground, where he remained for several minutes.
"He still has more trials to do," Martinez said. "I'll know more in the near future or something like that, but we have to be careful. When it comes to a head injury, we have to make sure he goes."
Wainwright loves the matchup  Adam Wainwright's match with Max Scherzer was few and far between until the two fought a game at Busch Stadium last September with the Cardinals winning 5-1. They meet again Saturday afternoon, and Wainwright once again says this is the kind of matchup he wants.
"I like the game with some kind of preconceived idea that somebody's betting against me or favoring the other side," Wainwright said. "I'm forced. I've always done that. I've always used it." After that game his ERA was at 3.83, the lowest mark since April.
Raves for Goldschmidt defense
Shildt was asked about how Paul Goldschmidt's defense affected the Cardinals, and he gave a glowing review of veteran work on the first base. No first baseman has so many opportunities.
"He decided our defense, for sure," Shildt said. "He has a really, really good sense of position playing, situations. We go up the mountain once and do a toss-up, and a lot of people are based. He knows every part of what he is. will happen and what men will do.
"So his position is unique. His awareness of the situation was really high. Then beyond that the remaining benefit is … keeping the boys aware. He got a good understanding of the game. He makes plays in the dirt. He is in good position in the cutoffs and relays. He supports the right way. He is just a complete player. ”
Shildt maintains the same lineup
The lineup that made 10 runs in the first inning on Atlanta on Wednesday will remain intact for the Cardinals as they open the National League Championship Series against Washington at Busch Stadium at 7 : 08 pm
Matt Carpenter is in third base and sixth bat, Dexter Fowler is in middle field and Paul DeJong is at No. 8 places.
Cardinals starters go with a combined .234 Washington starter Anibal Sanchez for their career. The player with the most success against him was reserve catcher Matt Wieter, who was 6-for-15 with two home runs against Sanchez. five innings against Atlanta in the NLDS, allowing one run on three hits.
3. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
Cardinal of the NLCS roster
Here's the Cardinals & # 39; 25-man roster for the National League Championship Series:
PITCHERS (12): John Brebbia, Genres Cabrera, Jack Flaherty, Giovanny Gallegos, Dakota Hudson, Ryan Helsley, Carlos Martinez, Miles Mikolas, Andrew Miller, Daniel Ponce de Leon, Adam Wainwright, Tyler Webb.
CATCHERS (2): Yadier Molina, Mat. Wieter.
INFIELDERS (6): Matt Carpenter, Paul DeJong, Tommy Edman, Paul Goldschmidt, Yairo Muñoz, Kolten Wong.
OUTFIELDERS (5): Randy A, Harrison Bader, Dexter Fowler, José Martínez, Marcell Ozuna.