After eight years in the nation’s capital, the Nationals are facing something they’ve never dealt with heading into Spring Training: expectations. It’s World Series or bust, as manager Davey Johnson proclaimed, something which F.P. Santangelo thinks this team is built for.
The Washington Nationals’ epic collapse, first surrendering a 6-0 lead, then giving up four runs in the ninth inning to give Game 5 of the National League Division Series to the St. Louis Cardinals, will go down as one of the worst moments in D.C. sports history.
Werth led off the bottom of the ninth inning by driving Lance Lynn’s 13th pitch into the left-field stands to give the Nationals a 2-1 victory over the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals and force a Game 5 in their NL division series.
Taking the mound for only the fourth time in 2012, missing a rib after surgery to cure numbness on his right side, the 37-year-old Carpenter pitched scoreless ball into the sixth inning, rookie Pete Kozma delivered a three-run homer, and the defending champion Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 8-0 Wednesday to take a 2-1 lead in their NL division series.
The Nats’ 3-2 win over the Cards Sunday gave Washingtonians the first baseball playoff win they can remember. Many Washingtonians became fans of the Baltimore Orioles after the Senators left Washington in 1971. However, Baltimore is a totally different place than D.C. Does anyone root for both the Redskins and the Ravens? Not many fans would boast of that. You have to choose between the Nats and the O’s and if you’re from D.C., the choice is clear.
The Nationals escaped a bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning, Tyler Moore blooped a two-out, two-run single in the eighth and Washington beat the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Sunday in an NL playoff opener.
While Washington has one World Series title – the Senators won in 1924 – the Cardinals are one of baseball’s historic franchises, winning the World Series 11 times, most recently in 2006 and 2011. The Cardinals own the best on-base percentage in the majors while the Nats have the second-best ERA in baseball. Both teams possess balanced lineups.
The Washington Nationals arrived this afternoon, just hours after they watched the one game playoff with the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves, and they were greeted with a harsh reality of fall from mother nature as they disembarked from the plane.
Nationals manager Davey Johnson missed the end of Washington’s regular-season finale because of numbness in his left leg that was traced to pinched nerves in his back.
Stephen Strasburg will not be available for the Washington Nationals postseason run. Manager Davey Johnson confirmed the young fireballer would remain on the bench during an appearance with the Sports Junkies Wednesday morning on 106.7 The Fan.
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