Howie Kendrick hit a tiebreaking grand slam off Joe Kelly in the 10th inning, and the Washington Nationals overcame a three-run deficit with a late rally to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-3 Wednesday night and advance to the NL Championship Series against St. Louis.
"We got lucky and got to watch the game on the airplane and the whole airplane was tuned to the game", Rizzo said.
Hudson will be available out of the bullpen early in the NLCS.
Washington has yet to announce its roster. Jack Flaherty received the starting nod for the Saint Louis Cardinals, and he had success as he gave up 1 earned run while striking out 8 batters in 6 innings. He then pitched a flawless inning of relief in Game 4 and got the win when the Cardinals rallied to win in the bottom of the 10th. The two performed well at home this season, as Wainwright went 9-4 with 2.56 ERA in 16 starts, while Mikolas went 5-6 with a 3.01 ERA over his 15 home starts.
The Cardinals offense ended the Braves season with a bang, scoring 10 runs before the second out of the game while cruising to a champagne celebration. His 0.91 ERA in the second half is third best in major league history. He closed down the wild card game with only a one-run lead and then worked 2 2/3 scoreless with a win and a save in the NLDS round. Both games were played on the road.
Washington punched its ticket to the NLCS with a pair of wins while facing elimination, capped by a thrilling 7-3 extra-innings victory in Game 5 to knock off the heavily favored Los Angeles Dodgers.
Hudson, 25, started St. Louis' Game 4 win but lasted only 4.2 innings, allowing four runs (though only one was earned) on five hits.