The National League Championship Series is set after both the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants won their respective NL Division Series on Tuesday.
In the case of the Cardinals’ win, the clinch came thanks to the offensive effort of a former Midwest League player. Matt Adams, who played for the 2010 Quad Cities River Bandits, hit a three-run homer off Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw — also a Midwest League alumnus — to give St. Louis a 3-2 lead that held.
Adams batted .310 with 22 HR, 41 doubles, and 88 RBI in 121 games with the 2010 River Bandits.
Kershaw pitched for the Great Lakes Loons in their inaugural season (2007). He went 7-5 with a 2.77 ERA and 134 strikeouts in 97.1 IP for the Loons.
Game 1 of the NLCS will be played Saturday in St. Louis. Game 1 of the American League Championship Series will be played Friday in Baltimore, with the Orioles hosting the Kansas City Royals.