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Game 3 October 5, 2002
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0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0   3 4 0
0 1 1 2 0 0 0 2 X   6 9 0
W: Fassero (2-0, 0.00)   L: Batista (0-1, 9.82)   S: Isringhausen (0-0, 0.00)
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Sweep you in St. Louis

By Rich Draper /

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ST. LOUIS -- There were teary eyes and sad faces in the Arizona Diamondbacks clubhouse. Hands shook in commiseration. Hugs signifying farewell to the postseason abounded. Some players sat silent, staring at the floor.

Yet way back inside their minds, there was a feeling of a job well done, even if they had lost their chance of defending their world title after a 6-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on Saturday night, in Game 3 of the National League Division Series. Three and oh. Three and out. A nightmare series.

But if disappointment reigned and will make for a long flight home in the darkness, the Diamondbacks could still see a beacon of light, hope and resurrection far ahead, when they meet again in Spring Training.

And it starts at the top.

"We had a great four-year run," said president and managing general partner Jerry Colangelo, the architect who helped create this dynasty-in-progress. "We won three divisional titles, we won a World Series and so we're proud of those accomplishments.

"It puts that much more focus on how unbelievable last year was in winning the World Series," said Colangelo. "It's not easy to get there. And now we have to go back to the drawing board and do the things we need to do to stay competitive. But I'm proud of the effort we had."

The next step? "We need to lick our wounds a little, let the dust settle, and then get back to work."

Manager Bob Brenly, heartbroken after seeing his club overcome injuries to top players from the spring through the fall, could hold his head up high after the game, even if the Busch Stadium field was littered with celebratory confetti, and horns and sirens blared throughout a jubilant city of St. Louis. More >

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By Matthew Leach /

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ST. LOUIS -- Down go the champs.

Long live the Cardinals?

Behind some sterling defense, a slew of timely hits and a gutsy performance from the bullpen -- exactly the elements that have made the Redbirds winners all year long -- St. Louis defeated Arizona, 6-3, on Saturday night. The Cardinals completed an improbable three-game sweep of the defending World Series champion Diamondbacks in their National League Division Series.

On Wednesday, they'll begin the NL Championship Series against either Atlanta or San Francisco.

Miguel Cairo came up biggest for the Cardinals for the second straight game, driving in a pair of runs after starting in place of the injured Scott Rolen. Cairo, who was no slam dunk to get the start, had three hits and reached base four times, scoring twice. Andy Benes lasted just 4 2/3 innings, getting into trouble in the fifth, but the St. Louis bullpen tossed 4 1/3 shutout innings.

"We've got a real team," said manager Tony La Russa. "I mean, I feel like we're never at a disadvantage. If the wind's blowing out, if the wind's blowing in, we can do this. We have left-handers, right-handers. We have a good team."

On Thursday at Bank One Ballpark, Cairo came in to play third base in a double switch soon after the injured Rolen was removed from the game. His run-scoring single was the difference in a 2-1 win. Saturday, he was rewarded with his second career postseason start.

"I was just lucky and blessed that I got a chance to do it," Cairo said. "I gotta say thank you to Tony (La Russa) for giving me a chance to play today." More >

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St Louis Cardinals 6, Arizona Diamondbacks 3
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Spivey, 2B 3000110.154
Finley, CF 3010110.222
Williams, 3B 4000011.083
Durazo, 1B 4000010.000
McCracken, RF 3110110.364
Dellucci, LF 4112011.286
Barajas, C 3111000.250
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a-Walked for Swindell in the 5th. b-Flied out for Helling in the 7th.
HR: Dellucci (1, 2nd inning off Benes, 1 on, 1 out), Barajas (1, 5th inning off Benes, 0 on, 1 out).
RBI: Dellucci 2 (2), Barajas (1).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Williams.
Team LOB: 4.
DP: (Spivey-Womack-Durazo).
Pickoffs: Swindell (Vina at 1st base).
Vina, 2B 4121100.600
Drew, RF 5010014.222
Edmonds, CF 3000121.273
Pujols, LF 2111200.300
Martinez, 1B 3100103.000
Renteria, SS 4000013.250
Cairo, 3B 32320001.000
Matheny, C 3110102.444
Benes, P 1001000.000
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b-Robinson, PH 1011000.500
Isringhausen, P 0000000.000
a-Grounded out for White in the 7th. b-Singled for Kline in the 8th.
2B: Cairo (1, Kim).
RBI: Cairo 2 (3), Pujols (3), Benes (1), Vina (1), Robinson (1).
2-out RBI: Cairo 2, Pujols, Vina, Robinson.
S: Benes.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Martinez, Drew 2.
GIDP: Renteria.
Team LOB: 8.
CS: Vina (1, 2nd base by Swindell/Barajas).
PO: Vina (1st base by Swindell).
Outfield assists: Pujols (Donnels at home).
Batista (L, 0-1) 3.25443109.82
Swindell 0.100000027.00
Helling 2.01000200.00
Myers 1.01000100.00
Kim 1.022230018.00
Benes 4.22334525.79
Fassero (W, 2-0) 1.12000200.00
White (H, 1) 1.00000100.00
Kline (H, 2) 1.00000000.00
Isringhausen (S, 2) 1.00000000.00
Balk: Benes.
IBB: Matheny (by Kim).
HBP: Cairo (by Batista).
Pitches-strikes: Batista 70-40, Swindell 0-0, Helling 23-16, Myers 16-10, Kim 38-19, Benes 92-51, Fassero 12-10, White 10-9, Kline 12-7, Isringhausen 10-7.
Ground outs-fly outs: Batista 6-4, Swindell 0-0, Helling 0-4, Myers 2-0, Kim 1-2, Benes 3-6, Fassero 0-1, White 1-1, Kline 1-2, Isringhausen 2-1.
Batters faced: Batista 19, Swindell 0, Helling 7, Myers 4, Kim 8, Benes 20, Fassero 5, White 3, Kline 3, Isringhausen 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Swindell 1-0, Fassero 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Angel Hernandez. 1B: Jerry Layne. 2B: Tim Tschida. 3B: Ted Barrett. LF: Mike Reilly. RF: Paul Emmel.
Weather: 72 degrees, clear.
Wind: 3 mph, In from RF.
T: 3:14.
Att: 52,189.
Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball and the Office of the Commissioner 

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