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Dodgers Advance to NLCS

Vicente Padilla celebrates with his Dodgers teammates after pitching seven scoreless innings as the Dodgers defeated the Cardinals 5-1 to advance to the NLDS next Friday.

Vicente Padilla celebrates with his Dodgers teammates after pitching seven scoreless innings as the Dodgers defeated the Cardinals 5-1 to advance to the NLCS next Friday.

The Dodgers celebrate after defeating the Cardinals 5-1 and advancing to the NLCS which starts Friday in Los Angeles.

The Cardinals finished the regular season with a three game losing streak. Then last night they finished the NLDS with a three game losing streak as the Dodgers defeated them 5-1 in the final game of their series.

Vicente Padilla pitched seven scoreless innings to take the win while Andre Ethier doubled, tripled and homered in the contest.  Ethier and Manny Ramirez combined for a 6-10 night and and four runs batted in.

It didn’t look good for the Cardinals starting Joel Pineiro in a must win game after their two Cy Young candidates Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright didn’t win the first two games.

Carpenter just didn’t have it in the opener but Wainwright pitched very well in the second game but was the victim of shoddy bullpen work and Matt Holliday losing a ball in the lights when they were one out from a win on Thursday night.

Today at 12:07 ET on TBS  Scott Kazmir will face Clay Buchholz as the Angels try to take the third game of their series with the Red Sox.

The 7:07 ET game on TBS has Andy Pettitte on the mound opposing former Yankee Carl Pavano. The Twins have the advantage of being back in front of their home crowd but with Pavano on the mound that may not mean much unless the Twins score a lot of runs.

The third game of the day will be at 10:07 ET on TBS when the Rockies host the Phillies with Jason Hammel taking the mound against J.A. Happ of the Phillies. The Rockies can wrap it up at home tomorrow if they win today.

I still think it is ridiculous to start a game at 10:07 ET since I have no plans to stay up that late to see the end after 1 AM in the morning and most parents won’t be letting their kids stay up to see the game either.

Since the Dodgers and Cardinals won’t be playing today you would think the MLB would start the Rockies-Phillies game at 7:07 and start the Yankees-Twins game at 3:07 instead of having a six hour gap

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