In the wake of the St. Louis Cardinals’ offensive explosion in the first inning of Game 5 of the National League Division Series, when the team scored ten runs off the Atlanta Braves, a popular format was pervasive throughout the internet–ranking all of the big moments. It’s hardly a new format but it does a good job of articulating and giving proper attention to moments in a do-or-die playoff game, a game of such significance that it warrants a closer examination.

In tribute to Wednesday, I have decided to rank all of the Cardinals hits in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series against the Washington Nationals, a game that I decided that morning to attend. And boy, am I glad I did that? Here were all of the hits, ranked from worst to best, but in some ways, they’re all the same caliber of hit.

  1. Jose Martinez’s 8th inning single: Last but not least, I finally get to Jose Martinez’s 8th inning single off Nationals starter Anibal Sanchez. Martinez, batting with two outs and nobody on, hit a line drive between the middle infielders and center fielder Michael A. Taylor, igniting the Busch Stadium. This was truly the signature hit of the game for the Cardinals.

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