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Dodgers Stun Cardinals With a Sweep

If you would have mortgaged the farm and bet it all on a three-game sweep by the Dodgers, you wouldn't have to work another day in your life. But, by the same token, your wife might have had you institutionalized before Vincente Padilla and his friends had even crafted the 5-1 victory. In the three wins, the Dodgers started three pitchers who had never made a post-season appearance.

Vincente Padilla, discarded by the Texas Rangers and picked up by Los Angeles on August 19, was dazzling. With his mother making the lengthy journey from Nicaragua in the stands he struggled momentarily in the first inning of his first post-season game, pitching around singles by Ryan Ludwick and Albert Pujols, then strung together seven scoreless innings before a Busch Stadium-record...

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