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Nats Lose Game and Series


Washington Nationals merchandise For the first time since the Senators won the pennant in 1933, a Washington baseball team found itself in the playoffs. Washington National’s fans were hoping for a celebration Friday night after their team took an early lead. With the series tied at two games each and coming on the heels of Jason Werth’s walk-off homerun in Game Four, the Nationals jumped all over St Louis starter Adam Wainright for six runs in the first three innings. It appeared as if the Nationals would coast to an easy win and take the series. Unfortunately for the Nationals and their fans, the Cardinals were not ready to end their season and mounted a historic comeback.

The Cardinals began slowly chipping away at the Nationals lead in the fourth inning on a RBI double by Mat Holliday. Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez had trouble locating his pitches in the fifth and the Cardinals capitalized on the right-hander’s wildness. Three walks, a wild pitch and a handful of timely base hits allowed the Cardinals to plate two more runs. With the score now 6-3, Gonzalez exited the game in favor of Washington’s stellar bullpen. However, the defending champion Cardinals continued their comeback . After Craig Stammen and Sean Burnett kept the Cardinals off of the scoreboard in the sixth, Edwin Jackson allowed one run in the seventh. Tyler Clippard then allowed a home run in the eighth to make the score, 6-5. On the brink of losing their once commanding lead, the Nationals gave themselves some cushion and added a run of their own in the bottom of the eighth.

Now leading 7-5, Nationals manager Davey Johnson gave the ball to his rock-solid closer, Drew Storen, to shut down the Cardinals and send the Nationals to the National League Championship Series. Unfortunately for Johnson and the Nationals, the Cardinals would not be denied. St. Louis scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning to complete the largest comeback in an elimination game in post season history. Jason Motte retired the heart of the National’s lineup in order to seal the victory for the Cardinals. It was a shocking end to an unbelievable season for the Washington Nationals.

As for the Cardinals, it was just another comeback to win a Divisional Playoff Series. Last season, the Cardinals trailed the Philadelphia Phillies, two games to one before rallying to win the final two games of the series. That set the stage for the Cardinals to go on to defeat the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Championship Series and the Texas Rangers in the World Series to capture the pennant.



By: Scott Kasten
MLBCenter.com Staff Writer

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