This game included some of the highest highs and lowest lows of any game I have ever televised.
The highs included Albert Pujols 400th career homerun. This historical homerun was a blast to cut. We have been expecting this memorable event to happen since Monday and were well prepared with graphics and flashbacks that really enhanced the homer and added quality to the telecast.
The top of the ninth inning provided an exciting high for Cardinals fans as well. The Redbirds were down 8-6 going into the inning in a time of the season where the team is almost in a "must win" situation.
The Cardinals scored 4 runs in the inning to take a 10-8 lead! This inning provided some exciting moments that we captured on the telecast. Namely, a Brendan Ryan at-bat where Ryan went from an 0-2 count to a double to deep left field to make the score 8-7 with runners on second and third.
A few moments later with the team and fans on an incredible high, Cardinals slugger Matt Holliday was hit on the hand by a pitch.
"Oh my God", I said.
Holliday was in obvious pain and every teammate and Cardinals fan were holding their collective breaths.
The next batter, Randy Winn, hit a two run single and the Cards led 10-8.
After the commercial break, the lows began.
Holliday was replaced in left field and we were told that he was getting x-rayed.
Then with one out, the Nationals tied the score with a 2-run homerun.
Thing then got worse.
What is the worst thing that could happen to a Cardinals fan?
How about losing Albert Pujols to injury.
In the bottom of the tenth inning Albert suffered a sprained ankle trying to catch a foul popup by the tarp.
Albert finished the game but the injury did not look good.
The Nationals won the game in the bottom of the 13th inning and after 4 hours and 35 minutes of incredible highs and lows the game was mercifully over.