Cardinals allow six runs in ninth inning, lose Game 1 against Phillies

ST. LOUIS — There were a few key pieces Cardinals they were able to rely on throughout the season. One is Ryan Helsley – one of the sharpest relievers in the game, to say nothing of the hardest-throwing, who finally unlocked his potential this year with career-low walks and career-high strikeouts. Another is the infield defense – an efficient, cohesive unit responsible for the fewest team errors in baseball. The roster certainly has other strengths. But these? They were the most reliable—less like mere forces, more like self-evident truths, seemingly inalienable and irrevocable.

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