Nationals Stun Dodgers And Advance To NLCS, Cardinals Advance By Making History, Cruz & AOC On Same Page

Betsy Berns
BarnBurner Sports Writer

@BetsyBerns

Thursday, October 10, 2019


BASEBALL

The Washington Nationals stunned the top-seeded Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 on Wednesday night and advance to the National League Championship Series. Howie Kendrick ignited the team with his grand slam in the top of the 10th inning for a 7-3 victory. This will be the first time the Nationals have advanced past the first round in their last five tries (2012, 2014, 2016, and 2017). 

The St. Louis Cardinals made history in their blowout win over the Atlanta Braves in game five of the National League Division Series. The Cardinals scored 10 runs in the first inning of the game becoming the first team in MLB history to score 10 runs in the first inning of a postseason game. 

The Nationals will play the Cardinals on Friday in game 1 of the NLCS at 8:08 pm. 

BASKETBALL

The fallout from Houston Rockets' GM Daryl Morey supporting anti-government protestors in Hong Kong has not subsided. The LA Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets played a preseason game in Shanghai on Thursday, but there was none of the usual media hype. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver tried to make the situation tenable saying, "I think tolerance for differing societies' approaches, tolerance for differing points of view and the ability to listen. Certainly I don't come here, either as the commissioner of the NBA or as an American, to tell others how they should run their governments." A group of bipartisan Members of Congress including Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and New York's Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sent a letter to Silver urging the NBA to show "courage and integrity" in standing up to the Chinese government.