Three takeaways from Cardinals’ Game 4 win over Braves

We’re headed to Game 5.

The Cardinals survived a win-or-stay-home sport Monday in St. Louis to power a Game 5 within the National League Division Series.

St. Louis gained 5-4 in 10 innings because of a clutch — we’re speaking clutch — efficiency from Yadier Molina.

Three takeaways from Braves’/Cardinals’ Game 4 win over

Yadier Molina is clutch

We’ve mentioned it as soon as, we’ll say it once more: Molina is clutch.

The Cardinals wanted one thing, something to remain alive in Game 4. Who higher to ship than Molina? He has been nice when referred to as upon and his at-bat within the backside of the eighth, and once more within the 10th, was precisely what St. Louis wanted.

When he stepped to the plate with the tying run on second base and two outs within the eighth, the Cards wanted an enormous hit — and so they obtained it.

Molina scored Paul Goldschmidt on a single. 

When the sport went into further innings, Molina stepped as much as the plate within the 10th with the walk-off run ready on third base. There was only one out when Molina despatched a sacrifice fly to left discipline. It scored Kolten Wong and that was that.

Molina completed 1-for-4 with two RBI.

Dansby Swanson has been the star of the present for Atlanta

It’s been fairly a few days for the Braves shortstop. 

Swanson hit the game-tying RBI on Sunday and got here out once more to attain Atlanta’s first run Monday. He’s not solely hitting however hitting with energy. Each of Swanson’s three hits Sunday had an exit velocity higher than 100 mph, in keeping with MLB.com. While his bat wasn’t as highly effective Monday, Swanson nonetheless obtained on base thrice, and scored twice.

He was introduced house on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Ozzie Albies to place the Braves on the board within the third inning.

Swanson has had a nice collection for a participant who missed final yr’s playoffs with an damage. He has seven hits in 14 at-bats.

Braves took benefit of one other three-run inning

In Game 3, Atlanta staged a three-run rally within the ninth to tilt the collection in its favor. Monday, the Braves once more used a three-run inning to tilt the sport of their favor.

They have been trailing 3-1 with two outs within the prime of the fifth when Swanson scored on an error and two batters later Albies hit a two-run homer to place Atlanta forward.

Unfortunately, it might be a part of the group’s shedding efforts however one factor is evident: The Braves thrive beneath stress.

In each video games, the Braves’ three-run rally got here with two outs. They have outlasted the Cardinals earlier than and will possible accomplish that once more with the group on their aspect in Atlanta for Game 5.

Game 5 is scheduled for Wednesday with the primary pitch at 5:02 p.m. ET.

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