NLCS Game 6, Dodgers vs. Cardinals GIF recap

Ed Zurga

The Dodgers were excited before Game 6 of the NLCS, but the optimism quickly went away thanks to a barrage of hits from the Cardinals.

Almost everything about Game 6 of the National League Championship Series was unconventional.

From a standoff between players between the national anthem and the first pitch, to a severe pounding suffered by a perennial Cy Young candidate and an unbelievable performance from a rookie starting pitcher, it was a weird night in St. Louis.

But, one thing remained constant: one of the greatest postseason players of this era continued to produce on the big stage.

A rare last man standing-type stare-down kicked things off on Friday night at Busch Stadium. Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke and Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly refused to go back into the dugout after the pregame ceremonies, having some sort of 15 minute comedic staredown before home plate umpire Greg Gibson made the executive decision of forcing them off the field:

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Although Van Slyke actually walked off the field first, Dodgers players celebrated the victory:

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via @corkgaines

That was clearly a bad omen for the immediate future.

After a couple of innings of inactivity, the Cardinals got on the board first when Carlos Beltran singled in Matt Carpenter and took second on a bad throw by Yasiel Puig:

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via West Coast Bias Sports

The Cardinals were just getting started. After another run crossed the plate and Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw loaded the bases, Shane Robinson came through with a two-run single to give his team an early commanding lead. St. Louis' bats weren't done there, either. While the Dodgers continued to fail against rookie hurler Michael Wacha, the Cardinals continued to string together hit after hit. This one, an RBI double by Matt Adams, knocked Kershaw out of the game and increased the Cards' lead to 5-0:

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via West Coast Bias Sports

Kershaw gave up four or more runs in just four starts during the regular season and surrendered only five runs in his previous 46 innings of work entering Friday. But, he just can't figure out the Cards, losing his previous four starts against them before Game 6.

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via cjzero.com

While the Cardinals built a 9-0 lead, Wacha and the Cardinals' staff kept the Dodgers off the board for the remainder of the game, much to the chagrin of L.A.'s polarizing rookie phenom:

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via cjzero.com

And that's how L.A.'s season ended.

Next up for the Cards is the winner of the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday.

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