The Nationals have won the first pennant of the World Series, beating the Pirates 5-4 on Sunday.
But the victory did not go down without a fight.
First baseman Todd Frazier hit a double, home run and two RBIs, and outfielder Hanley Ramirez struck out three and walked none in his first World Series appearance.
The game was the first game played in the American League’s new National Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
It’s been six years since the Nationals were the last team to win the World Cup.
They lost in the 2007 World Series to the Mets.
The Phillies won the World Championship in 2009, and the Cardinals won the American Association in 2011.
It will be the Nationals first World Championship since 1998.
The Orioles, meanwhile, won the championship in 2012.
But they’re the only team with World Series titles since they won the title in 1914.
“This is not the last time we’ll win pennants,” Nationals manager Davey Johnson said.
“We can win pennant every year, but this is a new era, a new level, a brand new challenge for our team and our fans.”
The Phillies have won three pennants since the 2014 season, and three since 2008.
They’re the first team to make the World Championships since the New York Yankees won the crown in 1986.
The Dodgers were the only other team to get three World Series rings from 1914 to 1980.
The Pirates are the only one with two since 1972.
Johnson said he’s not concerned about the Pirates’ success.
“You look at our history, and we’ve been there,” he said.
The Cardinals beat the Nationals for the second time in four days Sunday night in a game that was delayed because of thunderstorms.
After the game, Johnson said, “I know how that feels.
I’ve had that happen a few times.
We’ve been through it.”
Pirates starter Jameson Taillon got the win, retiring 15 of 17 batters in the game.
Taillon, who pitched five scoreless innings in the loss, was 1-1 with a 3.55 ERA in his previous nine starts.
Cardinals reliever Alex Reyes was 1 for 3 with a strikeout.
The Nationals hit three of the four homers in the first inning and scored two in the second.
“I’m glad we had the lead,” Johnson said of the two homers.
“They were on a little high, and I know how they can hit homers.”
Ryan Zimmerman was 3 for 5 with a double and a walk in the win.
He was 5 for 18 in his career with the Nationals.
The Indians beat the Dodgers in seven games in the series, including two series of six games.
The Cubs, however, won three straight.
“The game was great, but it was not a great series,” Indians manager Terry Francona said.
He also praised the Cardinals for their play.
“What we’ve done in the playoffs is incredible.
We played great baseball, and it was great to see that from a fan’s point of view,” Franconca said.
said the Cardinals are a good team that has a lot of talent.
“In the World series, the guys in front of me did a lot for us,” Johnson told reporters.
“And now, I’ve got a new challenge in front.
I’m going to get the next World Series.”
The Nationals will try to win their fifth straight World Series when they host the Phillies on Wednesday.
The first game will be at 7:05 p.m.
EST, the second at 8:15 p.ms. and the third at 8 p.mt.