The Bottom Line:

— The St. Louis Cardinals lost game 4 of the National League Division Series on Thursday afternoon by a score of 2-1 to the Washington Nationals. Jayson Werth hit a walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth off Lance Lynn.

Kyle Lohse threw 7 innings, giving up one solo home run and 2 hits. He was excellent today, only allowing two base runners the entire afternoon. If there was any ever doubt that he could produce in postseason games, today in addition to his start against the Braves last week.

— Adam LaRoche hit a solo home run in the second to give the Nationals a 1-0 lead, but Carlos Beltran hit an RBI single in the third to tie the game up at 1-1.

Ross Detwiler threw six solid innings in which he gave up 1 run and just 3 hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out 5.

Jordan Zimmerman, who was awful against the Cardinals in game 2, relieved Detweiler in the seventh and struck out the side. Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen followed, also striking out the side in the eighth and the ninth.

I know umpires have a tough job, but Jim Joyce was just wild today, as he’s been all series. Maybe the Armando Galarraga incident gives me a little bias, but Joyce’s strike zone today was so big that I feel like I could have gone up there and gotten a few outs. While it was fair in the sense that he had the same strike zone for both teams, I think Major League Baseball needs to seriously review Joyce’s ability as an umpire, particularly after botching a couple of calls the other day at first base.

Today was just tough. You had the feeling that the Nationals weren’t going home without a fight. Now the Cards are in the face of yet another elimination game. But you know what, every time the Cards have been in this kind of situation the last couple of years, they rise up and power through. Let’s come out tomorrow going strong.

What’s Next: The Cardinals will play a forced game 5 on Friday at 7:30 PM CST. As always, all pre and post game information can be found on CardsBlog. Go Cards.