Former Trojan Randy Flores Helps Cardinals Reach World Series

Oct. 19, 2006

LOS ANGELES -- Former USC left-hander Randy Flores (Pico Rivera/El Rancho HS) earned the win Thursday as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the New York Mets, 3-1, to advance to the 2006 World Series.

Flores entered the game in the bottom of the eighth with the go-ahead run at first and no outs. He proceeded to strike out Carlos Delgado and David Wright before getting Shawn Green to ground out to first, ending the threat. Yadier Molina then hit a two-run homer in the top of the ninth for the game-winner.

As a pitcher at USC (1994-97), Flores still holds the school career mark for wins (42), complete games (22) and innings pitched (484.1).

It will be the 26th time that a USC player has played in the World Series (if Flores' teammate and former Trojan pitcher Anthony Reyes is on the World Series roster, it would make 27 total appearances).

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