SAINT LOUIS (AFP) – The St. Louis Cardinals punched their ticket to the World Series in emphatic style Friday with a 9-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Cardinals wrapped up a 4-2 triumph in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series and await the winner of the American League Championship Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers, in which Boston lead 3-2.
The Cardinals are back in the Fall Classic for the fourth time in 10 seasons, and the first time since they defeated the Texas Rangers in 2011 for the 11th Major League Baseball title in club history.
The Cardinals’ rookie pitching sensation Michael Wacha allowed two hits in seven shut-out innings.
The 22-year-old right-hander struck out five in another dominant post-season performance.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, meanwhile, gave up 10 hits in seven runs over four-plus innings for the National League West division champions, who were trying to return to the World Series for the first time since they won the title in 1988.