They didn't have their two aces. They used 26 pitchers to cover 27 innings. They fell behind by four runs when facing elimination.

No matter, the 2020 Padres persevere. It's what they do. On Friday, they persevered straight into the National League Division Series.

From Craig Stammen's first pitch to Trevor Rosenthal's last, a beaten-down Padres pitching staff rose to the occasion on Friday in a 4-0 victory over the Cardinals in Game 3 of the NL Wild Card Series at Petco Park. Nine members of the Padres’ bullpen pitched scoreless ball -- the most pitchers used in a nine-inning combined shutout since at least 1901, regular season or postseason.