Monday, August 31, 2015
Great Win, Terrible Loss
The Cardinals beat the Nationals tonight at Busch Stadium by the score of 8 - 5 in 3:07. Leading 3 - 2 going into the 7th inning, the Cards coughed up the lead when a 2-out 3-run homerun put the Nats in front 5 - 3. This was a game in which the Nationals desperately needed to win. After the homerun the Nats seemed to exhale a sigh of relief. Then, in the bottom of the 7th inning, the Redbirds scored 5 runs with 2 outs and the Nats seemed doomed. However, in the top of the ninth inning, the first 2 batters singled which sent arguably the MVP to the plate. This batter was leading the league in homeruns. During the at-bat, a wild pitch was thrown which rebounded off the back wall behind the plate right back to the catcher. Both runners took off with the lead runner stopping and going back to 2nd base thus trapping the trail runner who was tagged out. Needless to say, the baseball Gods were never going to let the National back into the game after that base running blunder. They didn't and the Cards prevailed. A great win for a great team. A terrible loss for a team now on playoff fumes.