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’s Homer Gives Washington Nationals Fans Reason To Cheer Going Into Game 5 Vs. St. Louis Cardinals
D.C.’s first home playoff baseball victory since 1933 was an October classic. When Jayson Werth launched a Lance Lynn fastball into the leftfield bullpen at Nationals Park in the bottom of the ninth inning, 44,392 fans went absolutely crazy. All of a sudden the Nats are in the driver’s seat, with 21-game winner Gio Gonzalez set to pitch Game 5 against Adam Wainwright (14-13) Friday at 8:37 p.m. at Nationals Park.
The Washington Nationals will try to stave off elimination in Game Four of the NLDS Thursday afternoon in D.C. against the St. Louis Cardinals. Here are five reasons why the Nationals can still win the NLDS.
Washington Nationals Fans Ready As Nats Host St. Louis Cardinals In First Playoff Game In D.C. Since 1933
This NLDS Game 3 pits the Nationals–the team with the best record in the majors at 98 wins–against the defending World Series champion Cardinals, who made the playoffs as a wild card with 88 victories. But the real story is the rise of baseball in Washington, a city that went without the national pastime for 33 years.
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.
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.
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