With the Cardinals finishing off their division series against the Pirates last night, the Dodgers boarded a plane and headed to St. Louis ahead of Game 1 of the NLCS starting Friday. In honor of the two teams facing each other this season, our Dodgers playoff moment takes us back to the last time the two teams faced each other in the playoffs.
The year was 2009 and the Dodgers were again in the thick of things after losing in the NLCS the year before at the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies. Coming into the NLDS series with the Cardinals, the Dodgers were considered the underdogs, but they quickly took the first two games at home and headed to Busch Stadium for Game 3.
That’s when Vicente Padilla was handed the task to finish off the Red Birds and he delivered big time. Padilla was a late season signing for the Dodgers in 2009 and made his debut on August 27. He went on to make seven starts down the stretch going 4-0 with a 3.20 ERA.
With the 2-0 lead in the series, Padilla took it upon himself to finish things off as he pitched seven masterful innings of shut-out baseball. He silenced the record breaking crowd at Busch Stadium allowing just four hits and one walk while striking out four to earn the 5-1 victory and sweep the heavily favored Cardinals.
Who will be the next Padilla to silence the Cardinals this year?