Everything went exactly as it needed to today — the Cardinals beat the Cubs 3-2, the Braves lost to the Nationals 3-0. That means with three games left, the Cardinals are now only ONE game back in the wild card!
My heart is still pounding.
There will be more on today’s game in the morning — quick summary: the Cubs again scored early, Edwin Jackson had a sac fly to tie it, Cubs went ahead in the top of the seventh, Yadi homered to tie in the bottom, Rafael Furcal homered in the eighth for the lead, Jason Motte nailed the save.
Just after the game ended, the Cardinals sent out a release announcing the process by which fans can purchase tickets for the National League Division Series and a potential one-game tiebreaker that would be played should the team finish in a tie for the National League Wild Card.
Tickets will be sold online at cardinals.com and by phone at 314.345.9000 starting at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Sept. 26. Tickets will NOT be sold at the Busch Stadium ticket windows or other ticket outlets on Monday. Any remaining tickets will be available at the Busch Stadium ticket windows starting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27.
The tiebreaker game will only be necessary if both the Cardinals and Braves finish tied atop the N.L. wild card standings after the conclusion of the regular season on Wednesday. Should the teams finish tied, the one-game National League wild card tiebreaker is tentatively scheduled to be played at Busch Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 29th, at a still-to-be-determined game time. The Cardinals would have home field advantage because they hold a better head-to-head regular season record against the Braves (5-1).
Due to the short turnaround time, all tickets purchased will be delivered via Print-At-Home tickets. Fans can purchase up to eight tickets per game for the tiebreaker and both Division Series games.
Tiebreaker ticket prices are subject to dynamic pricing, while Division Series ticket prices start at $30. All-inclusive tickets will also be available for the tiebreaker and Division Series games. Accessible seating can be purchased online or by telephone.
If the Cardinals advance to the Postseason, the best-of-five NLDS will begin Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Philadelphia Phillies, the winner of the N.L. Eastern Division. The entire series schedule would be as follows:
Saturday, Oct. 1 Cardinals at Phillies
Sunday, Oct. 2 Cardinals at Phillies
Tuesday, Oct. 4 Phillies at Cardinals
Wednesday, Oct. 5 Phillies at Cardinals (if necessary)
Friday, Oct. 6 Cardinals at Phillies (if necessary)