PHILADELPHIA Don't count out these St. Louis Cardinals.
They don't know when to call it a season.
"This club was hit by a lot of stuff the first four months of the season," said manager Tony La Russa. "The guys just decided we were going to play every game like it's Game 7 of the World Series, and they did it every day for six weeks."
And they aren't stopping yet.
With Chris Carpenter pitching the first 1-0 complete game of his professional career on Friday night, the Cardinals survived a Game 5 showdown with a Philadelphia team that won more games than any team this year, and advanced to the NL Championship Series for the first time since 2006.
They open the best-of-seven showdown with NL Central champion Milwaukee at Miller Park on Sunday afternoon.
"And," La Russa said with a smile, "we're going to start Carp on two days rest four times (in the NLCS)."
But then that gem that Carpenter put together in a showdown with his close friend and former Toronto teamm...