Originally written on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 10/8/11
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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)." Just kidding. But then that gem that Carpenter put together in a showdown with his close friend and former Toronto teamm...
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