Before he left the mound, trailing 6-0 in the third inning, St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright looked at his infielders and said, "Pick me up."
After the game, drenched in champagne, replaying the greatest comeback in an elimination game in postseason history, Wainwright suddenly was at a loss of words.
"I'm speechless," he said.
Call it Miracle II. October Redux. The St. Louis Sequel.
And heaven help the San Francisco Giants, who now must figure out how to beat the defending World Series champions, a team that lost first baseman Albert Pujols, manager Tony La Russa and pitching coach Dave Duncan last offseason and still cannot be denied.
To reach the NLCS, the Cardinals literally had to repeat history. They trailed, 7-5 in the ninth inning of Game 6 in last year's World Series against the Texas Rangers. And they trailed, 7-5, in the ninth inning of Game 5 of the Division Series on Friday night against the Washington Nationals.
In some ways, this comeback, this 9...