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MLB postseason continues for Pederson, but not for Piscotty

 

Palo Alto High grad Joc Pederson has at least one more game to play but former Stanford standout Stephen Piscotty's run in Major League Baseball's postseason has come to an end.

Pederson and his Los Angeles Dodgers remained alive in the National League Division Series following a 3-1 victory over the New York Mets on Tuesday night.

Piscotty and his St. Louis Cardinals, however, saw their season end in a 6-4 setback to the Chicago Cubs in the NLDS as the Cubs won the best-of-five series, 3-1.

Piscotty struck out as the final batter against the Cubs, but it did nothing to remove the shine from a sparkling October for the rookie.

Two batters into the game, Piscotty slugged a two-run home run off of Jason Hammel. But the night belonged to the Cubs, who won three straight after the Cardinals won last Friday's opener.

"It was a good start to the game. Two runs though, I didn't think that would be enough. We knew we needed more," Piscotty said.

After a leadoff single by Matt Carpenter, Piscotty jumped on a first-pitch fastball and drove his homer to center field.

Piscotty, 24, went 1-for-4 on Tuesday and finished the series 6-for-16 (.375) with three home runs and six RBI. The homers tied a franchise record for rookies that was co-owned by Kolten Wong in 2014 and Willie McGee in 1982. The six RBI were the most by a Cardinals rookie in a Division Series, surpassing Pete Kozma's five RBI in the 2012 NLDS vs. the Nationals.

The long ball by Piscotty also extended the new postseason record of rookies homering in the postseason -- his homer raised the tally to 13.

Only Charlie Keller (1939 World Series for the Yankees) and Piscotty stand as rookies to hit three home runs in their first four career postseason games.

"It was a lot of fun," Piscotty said. "I got a taste of it now and I just want more and more of it. It sucks to be on this end of it. We'll regroup and get after it next year."

Meanwhile, Pederson and the Dodgers will host the Mets on Thursday (5 p.m.) in the deciding Game 5 of the NL Division Series. Pederson went 0-for-3 in last Friday's opener with a walk and one strikeout. He had a walk in Monday's game but did not bat in Tuesday's contest.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Mark Shelton of MLB.com

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