Chris Carpenter Pitches Cardinals Past Phillies to NL Championship Series

Chris Carpenter pitched a three-hit shutout and the wild-card St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 1-0 to reach the National League Championship Series.

The Cardinals, who got the game’s only run in the first inning on a run-scoring double by Skip Schumaker, beat the Phillies 3-2 in the best-of-five division series and moved on to face Milwaukee in the NLCS starting Oct. 9.

The Brewers earlier today reached their first NL Championship Series by defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 in 10 innings to win a decisive fifth game in that first-round playoff series.

Nyjer Morgan’s single knocked in the winning run for the Brewers, whose previous appearance in a league championship series came in 1982 when they were in the American League. Milwaukee moved to the NL in 1998.

The AL Championship Series is already set and starts tomorrow in Arlington, Texas. The Detroit Tigers eliminated the New York Yankees in Game 5 last night and advanced to play the Texas Rangers, who won their division series in four games against the Tampa Bay Rays.

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