Two October heroes in the past for the Cardinals helped carry them to more October baseball in the future tonight at Busch Stadium.
Adam Wainwright the relief star of the 2006 World Series championship for the Cardinals held the Pittsburgh Pirates to eight singles over nine innings. David Freese the hitting star of the 2011 World Series championship for the Cardinals hit a two-run homer in the second to give his club an early lead in what became a 6-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the decisive Game 5 of the National League division series.
The triumph enabled the Cardinals to qualify for their eighth league championship series in the last 14 seasons. They will meet the Los Angeles Dodgers here Friday night in the first game of the best-of-seven series and will play the Dodgers here again on Saturday before moving to Los Angeles for as many as three games Monday through Wednesday with the final two if necessary scheduled for Busch Stadium next Friday and Saturday.