The Arizona Diamondbacks defended their championship crown in splendid fashion as they disposed of the St. Louis in four games. Arizona won three straight one run games which included a 2-run rally in the bottom of the ninth and a 15-inning contest. A recap of the series:
Game 1 (Arizona 4, St. Louis 3) - Nomo is cruising along, until the D-Backs pinch hit B. Jordan to keep an inning alive and Jordan delivers a surprising 2 run homer to tie things up in the 7th. Top of the 9th, Brousard quickly scores after a lead off hit and then the call goes to Percival to close the 9th. Percival faces 3 batters and gives up 3 hits including a lead off hr to Pierzynski and the game is over.
Game 2 (Arizona 2, St. Louis 1) - This one goes 15 innings. Broussard ties the game for Stl with a solo shot in the top of the 9th and then neither side can score again until Fordyce (the last hitter on Arizona's bench) delivers a pinch hit single in the bottom of the 15th.
Game 3 (Arizona 3, St. Louis 2) - Another one-run game. Shields pitched seven strong innings giving up just one run while Matt Morris gave up two runs in the sixth which proved to be the difference. Redbirds hit into two rally-killing double plays.
Game 4 (Arizona 11, St. Louis 4) - Cards had an early 4-1 lead, but D-Backs put up a 5-spot on Nomo in the 4th to grab the lead and they never looked back. Furcal hit a key two-run triple in the inning. Brian Lawrence went 4-0 in the playoffs. Edmonds, who seemingly carried St. Louis all season, hit just .250 in the series with no homers and no RBI's.