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Cardinals are proclaimed champions in Central with beating Cubs

Cardinals are proclaimed champions in Central with beating Cubs
A day of contrasts that took place this Sunday at Busch Stadium in San Luis, where the local team of the Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 9-0 by beating and shutout and were proclaimed champions of the Central Division of the National League .

They achieved it on the last day of competition of the regular season to which they arrived without being favorites for the title, quite the opposite of what happened with the Cubs who started it as the team to beat.

But a lousy final stretch to the season cost them out of the title and playoffs, prompting veteran manager Joe Maddon to be fired after five seasons at the helm.

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Jack Flaherty’s arm and Matt Carpenter’s bat accomplished St. Louis’s mission against the Cubs, who were overwhelmed on Maddon’s final day as their manager.

Before the duel, it was announced that Maddon would not be returning for next year.

Flaherty worked impressively for seven innings, and Carpenter led a three-homer attack by hitting a three-run homer.

The Cardinals advanced to the NL Division Series, which begins Thursday, on the road against the Atlanta Braves.

Manager Mike Shildt and the Cardinals started the day with a one-game lead over Milwaukee.

The Brewers, second in the division, will meet the Washington Nationals in the Wild Card Game on Tuesday night, also on the road, and the winner will go against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the other divisional elimination of the National League. .

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First baseman Paul Goldschmidt and right fielder Dexter Fowler also homered for St. Louis, which is returning to the postseason after a three-year absence.

The Cardinals have won or shared 12 division titles since the current format came into use in 1995.

San Luis (91-71) finished three games above the mark it achieved the previous season (88-74).

The Cubs had a four-year streak snapped by making the playoffs. Maddon compiled a winning record of 471-339 in five seasons and guided the Cubs to the World Series title in 2016, ending a 108-year drought.

Flaherty (11-8) allowed two hits during an efficient seven-inning effort that required 69 pitches. He struck out six and walked.

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The loss went to starter Derek Holland (2-5), who only had two innings on the mound as he gave up five hits with seven earned runs and walked four.

For the Cardinals, Dominican Marcell Ozuna was 5-2 with one scored and one produced and Puerto Rican receiver Yadier Molina went 2-0 with one scored as the Latin Americans who gave their offensive contribution to the San Luis team.

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