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.
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.
When the Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals take the field at Nationals Park for Game 3 Wednesday, it’ll be the first time a D.C. major league baseball team has hosted a playoff game in 79 years. Who are the top performers so far in the NLDS? Studs: Ian Desmond, Michael Morse, David Freese, Carlos Beltran. Duds: Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth, Matt Holliday.
Jackson joined Holden and Danny after impressive 6-inning, one earned run performance against the Phillies to discuss what the Nats have to look forward to in their first playoff run since moving to D.C.
A pennant race is still new to Washington fans so the city-wide panic attack that was shared by them is forgivable after the Nats dropped four straight to Philly compounded with the news that Strasburg is down to his last few starts. But rest assured, everything will be okay.
The Washington Nationals, one of the most decimated-by-injuries teams in the league with over 580 man-games missed, have still managed to maintain the 2nd largest division lead out of all 30 teams in Major League Baseball.
Gio Gonzalez and Edwin Jackson are already fitting right in with the Nationals this spring.
The Washington Nationals today agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Edwin Jackson on a one-year contract.