The Washington Nationals were on the verge of reaching the World Series for the first time in franchise history heading into Game 4 at home of the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Washington scored seven runs in the first-inning and that is all they would need to score in a 7-4 victory in Game 4 over St. Louis.
This is the first time in franchise history that the Nationals are heading to the World Series.
The only other franchise to have yet to reach a World Series in franchise history is the Seattle Mariners. They have not reached the playoffs since 2001.
Washington scored those runs in the first-inning on a Anthony Rendon sacrifice fly, a Juan Soto RBI double, a Victor Robles RBI single, a Yan Gomes two-run single, and a Trea Turner two-run single.
Yadier Molina hit a solo homer for the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth-inning off of Patrick Corbin.
St. Louis was able to score three runs in the fifth-inning on a Tommy Edman RBI groundout which allowed Harrison Bader to score and a two-run double by Jose Martinez.
The Cardinals did have some chances in later in the game. Matt Carpenter pinched hit in the eighth-inning with two outs and he grounded out.
Patrick Corbin (1-0) was the winning pitcher in this game for the Washington Nationals. He pitched five innings and gave up four hits and four runs. Corbin walked three batters and struck out 12.
Dakota Hudson (0-1) was the losing pitcher for St. Louis. He pitched 0.1 innings and gave up five hits and seven runs. Hudson walked a batter and he did not strike out anybody.
Daniel Hudson recorded his second save of the series for Washington. He pitched 1.1 innings and Hudson walked a batter.
The Nationals will either play the New York Yankees or the Houston Astros in the World Series which begins next Tuesday, October 22. Washington will be on the road to start the series and they will have to wait for their opponent. It will either be at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx or at Minute Maid Park, in Houston Texas.