WASHINGTON -- The game was essentially over in the first inning. With chants of "Let's go Nats!" echoing from the first pitch, and then chants of "Let's go Corbin!" as Nationals starter Patrick Corbin mowed down the Cardinals with three strikeouts to begin the game, and then "M-V-P!" chants as Anthony Rendon stepped up with two runners on, the Nationals never let the Cardinals breathe. They never let them breathe the entire series.

The Nationals ambushed the Cardinals with a seven-run first inning -- a ridiculous amount of action-packed into 21 pitches that included six hits, a sacrifice fly, a sacrifice bunt and two horrific defensive miscues -- and held on for a 7-4 victory to complete a sweep in the National League Championship Series and reach the first World Series in franchise history.

It means for the first time since 1933 when the Washington Senators played the New York Giants at old Griffith Stadium, the World Series will be played in the nation's capital.

Washington waits on the Yankees-Astros series for their opponent in the ALCS.

Game-1 of the 2019 World Series is Tuesday, October 22.

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