2019 NLCS Schedule: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals Dates, TV Times

The Washington Nationals will take on the St. Louis Cardinals for the right to represent the National League at the World Series.

The Cardinals made history on Wednesday night, becoming the first team to score 10 runs in the first inning of a playoff game as they thrashed the Braves 13-1 in Atlanta in Game 5 of the National League Division Series.

Only three other teams had scored 10 runs in a postseason inning before and the Cardinals had found themselves on the receiving end on one of those occasions, as they conceded a double-digit output against the Detroit Tigers in the 1968 World Series.

The Philadelphia Athletics also scored 10 runs in a single inning against the Chicago Cubs in the 1929 World Series and the Los Angeles Angels repeated the feat against the Minnesota Twins in the American League Championship Series in 2002.

St. Louis, however, became the first team to score in the first inning and the first team to do so without hitting any home run.

"I've never seen that in the postseason," Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was quoted as saying by ESPN. "We put the ball in play. We saw the ball better."

Cardinals manager Mike Shildt echoed the sentiment: "You play the game right, good things happen. You can't expect 10 runs, but we definitely didn't mind it."

The 13-1 shellacking capped a wild series that swung back and forth, with St. Louis taking Game 1 on the road, before falling behind 2-1.

The Cardinals have now reached the Championship Series for the first time since 2015 and the Nationals are the last hurdle remaining between them and a first appearance at the World Series in six years, when they lost to the Boston Red Sox 4-2.

Washington, who eliminated the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 in the Wild Card round, pulled off the biggest upset of the postseason so far as it defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games.

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Daniel Hudson #44, Sean Doolittle #63 and catcher Yan Gomes #10 of the Washington Nationals celebrate the final out of the tenth inning as the Nationals defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-3 in game five to win the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 9 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty

The Dodgers were second-favorite to win the World Series this year after falling at the last hurdle for the last two straight seasons.

Down 2-1 after losing Game 1 and Game 3, the Nationals rallied back and took the crucial Game 5 in Los Angeles 7-3 on Wednesday night.

With the score tied at 3-3 in the 10th inning, Howie Kendrick hit a tie-breaking grand slam as the Nationals sealed a first Division Series win in their 15-year history.

"It was electric. Probably the best moment of my career," the 14-year veteran said when asked to describe the feeling of finally winning a playoff series with Washington. "We never gave up. The city had faith in us. The fans had faith in us. We believed in ourselves, everybody came through for us."

Here's all you need to know about the National League Championship Series.

When does the National League Championship Series start?

Proceedings begin on Friday, October 11 with Game 1 in St. Louis, with Game 2 to follow a day later.

After a day off, the series moves to Washington for Game 3 and 4 on Monday and Tuesday, respectively and will remain in the capital for the eventual Game 5 on Wednesday.

Should they be required, Game 6 and 7 will be played in St. Louis on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19.

National League Championship Series schedule (All times ET)

Friday, October 11

Game 1: Washington Nationals @ St. Louis Cardinals—8:08 pm., TBS

Saturday, October 12

Game 2: Washington Nationals @ St. Louis Cardinals—4:08 pm., TBS

Monday, October 14

Game 3: St. Louis Cardinals @ Washington Nationals—TBD, TBS

Tuesday, October 15

Game 4: St. Louis Cardinals @ Washington Nationals—TBD, TBS

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