The Bottom Line:
— The St. Louis Cardinals lost to the Washington Nationals on Sunday afternoon by a score of 3-2 and fell behind 1-0 in the National League Division Series.
— Adam Wainwright pitched terrifically giving up one earned run over 5 2/3 innings, while allowing six hits. He recorded 10 strikeouts and really did a great job of limiting many base runners. He was taken out of the game with runners on first and second in the sixth inning with two outs, but Lance Lynn came in to subsequently walk Roger Bernadina and strike out Jayson Werth to end the inning.
— Gio Gonzalez was awful. How he didn’t give up more runs is beyond me, and I think it speaks to the lack of Cardinals offense today which is something that worries me. Gio walked 7 batters today in 5 innings, though he only allowed one hit.
— Leading 2-1 in the seventh, the Cardinals had the bases loaded with no one out. Yet, reliever Ryan Mattheus managed to get Allen Craig to ground into a fielder’s choice and Yadier Molina to ground into a double play in a sequence of a combined two pitches. Unbelievable. I can’t ever remember seeing a bases-loaded-no-out situation end so quickly.
The Cardinals should be embarrassed that they lost this game today. They had ample opportunity to score and managed only three hits. The fact that they ran themselves out of a bases loaded and no out situation on a matter of two pitches is incredible. The fact that they walked seven times against Gio Gonzalez and couldn’t get more than one run across is even more ridiculous.
What’s Next: The Cardinals will continue their best of five series against the Washington Nationals on Monday afternoon at 3:07 CST at Busch Stadium. Jaime Garcia will oppose Jordan Zimmerman. As always, all pre and post game information can be found on CardsBlog. Go Cards.