San Francisco, CA – The Cardinals season ended last night when the Giants' leadoff hitter Kenny Lofton hit a pennant-winning single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to hand the Giants a 2-1 victory over St. Louis.
The Giants are heading to the World Series for the first time in 13 years. They collected just four hits and were one out away from extra innings until David Bell and Shawon Dunston singled off Cardinals starter Matt Morris. Cards manager Tony La Russa replaced Morris with Steve Kline, who gave up Lofton's single.
CARDS LED EARLY
St. Louis went ahead 1-0 when Mike Matheny scored on Fernando Vina's fly ball in the seventh. But the Giants knotted the score an inning later when Lofton came home on Barry Bonds' sac-fly.
Tim Worrell picked up his second win in as many nights by holding the Cards scoreless for an inning and two-thirds. Morris took the loss.
The Giants will face the Anaheim Angels, who are making their first World Series appearance in team history.
The Giants' last trip to the Series was in 1989, which was also the last time two California teams faced off for the championship. This is also the first time two wild card teams won league pennants.
Game one of the World Series is Saturday at Anaheim.