Over the past two seasons, no team in professional sports has been more successful with its back against the wall than the St. Louis Cardinals. In 2011, the Cards erased a 10.5-game deficit to capture the National League wild card and won the World Series, using another memorable comeback in Game 6 when they were one strike away from elimination, not once, but twice.
The comeback kids are at it again this season and — like he was in that 2011 Game 6 — former UC Davis standout Daniel Descalso is a right in the middle of it.
With St. Louis playing a deciding Game 5 of the NL Division Series in Washington, and the Cardinals falling behind 6-0, Descalso had a home run in the eighth inning to cut the lead to 6-5. Then in the ninth, with St. Louis behind 7-5, the Greiner Athlete of the Week hit a two-run single to tie the game. After the Cards scored twice more to go up 9-7, Descalso caught a pop-up to end the game and send his team to the NLCS.
In Game 1 against the San Francisco Giants on Sunday, Descalso went 2-for-4 and scored a run as St. Louis won 8-4.