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Game 157: Nats at Cardinals

Sep 28, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Edwin Jackson faces his former Cardinals teammates tonight at Busch Stadium.

ST. LOUIS — The Nationals weren't able to clinch their first NL East title in Philadelphia this week — which had more to do with the way the Braves played than the Nats — but perhaps there would be some symbolism should they manage to clinch this weekend in St. Louis, where one year ago the Cardinals celebrated their 11th World Series championship.

There's no chance of a champagne celebration tonight, not with the magic number at 3, though the Nationals can put themselves in position to do it tomorrow if they can win this series opener. (Or, of course, if the Braves lose their series opener to the Mets, on Chipper Jones Night in Atlanta. Probably best not to count on that happening.)

Edwin Jackson, owner of a 2011 Cardinals World Series ring, gets the start for the Nationals, looking to become the fifth member of this year's rotation to win 10 games. He'll be opposed by Adam Wainwright, whose first season back from Tommy John surgery hasn't quite been up to his pre-surgery standards.

Updates to come, so please check back…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
Where: Busch Stadium
Gametime: 8:15 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 187
Weather: Partly cloudy, 64 degrees, Wind 6 mph in from LF

NATIONALS (95-61)
RF Jayson Werth
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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248 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    Mets can guarantee the Marlins finish in last place with a victory here. I am so sick of Freddy Freeman.

  2. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    Freddy bites the dust!

  3. NatsLady - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    Garcia in for a 2nd inning. I like it.

  4. NatsLady - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    Garcia, OK, oooops.

  5. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    Braves down to their last out.

  6. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    Since no responed with support of coming back and win this all the hitters but Harper said "Forget no one backed the motion to win it."Still not to late but getting there. Let's score 8 next inning.

  7. NatsLady - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    See, I should never be positive about a pitcher. Well, on the other hand, Holliday leaving the game.

  8. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    Damn, Mets. Obviously, they were not trying.

  9. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    Magic #2

  10. Steady Eddie - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:17 AM

    Block one off theabove # mark!

  11. NatsNut - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:17 AM

    Thanks Mark. We needed that 2.

  12. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:17 AM

    Magic number 2

  13. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    We ain't winning this game. Not gonna happen. Just be glad the Braves lost.

  14. sjb - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:19 AM

    Done. Mets win 3-1. Magic number 2

  15. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:19 AM

    Kudos to Chipper Jones. I sincerely hope that you enjoyed Chipper Jones night, and going 0-4 in the biggest game of your season.I know that I did.

  16. Drew - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:20 AM

    In the words of Wasington's late great Van McCoy:Duda Hustle!

  17. Oldguy - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:22 AM

    Davey's cleared the bench. Good idea–get the goon squad some AB's and field work.

  18. NatsLady - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:22 AM

    People, one from the Card and one from the Fillies. That is ALL we need!!!!! We can do this. Thank you, NY Mets.

  19. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:22 AM

    Man, losing to the Mets on Chipper Jones Day and Night, with Tim Hudson on the mound and a lead in the 7th inning and Hudson blowing the lead and Jones going a clutch 0-4. Can you imagine just how terrible the Braves and their fans must feel?That is much worse than losing 9-1 on the road when you have a four game lead.

  20. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    Its not to late 8 run rally. Got my rally hat on

  21. Scott Margenau - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:24 AM

    Lol WODL

  22. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:24 AM

    Now 7 outs to get 8 runs. Dont quit on us

  23. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    Part of being a major leaguer is learning how to lose 65 times a year in your best seasons and knowing when to throw in the towel. Davey was correct to leave Jackson out there, at least for two innings and he is correct to clear the bench.

  24. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    Ok 7 runs before 7 outs

  25. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    Roger pushing to get his OPS back up over Morse's….

  26. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:27 AM

    Strike zone terrible

  27. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:29 AM

    The Cards had me at 9-1. The Cards are arguably the second best team in the National League based on run differential and this game won't hurt their totals….

  28. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:31 AM

    DeRosa ciuld have cut it to 9-4.No time to quit. We can still wiRefuse to lose

  29. Secret wasian man - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:31 AM

    The mets get ejax off the hook. Phil's eliminated.

  30. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:32 AM

    Roger leads Morse ,775 to ,773

  31. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:34 AM

    4 In 8th 4 in 9th we can win it. No reason assume we wont do it.

  32. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:36 AM

    Man, if EJAX was on the hook, where does that place Wang?Nats best record was in 1994. Once again, we are treated to a lack of insight regarding Nationals/Expos' history.

  33. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:37 AM

    Now 4 in the 8th. piece of cake. Never quit. as Jim Valvano would say "Never give up. 9-6 after 8th

  34. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:39 AM

    7 Runs before 6 outs

  35. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:41 AM

    Tracy pull it.

  36. SCNatsFan - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:42 AM

    we keep playing like this Davey won't have to wprry about resting the starters.C'mon Adam, get to 100.

  37. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:44 AM

    7 Runs before 5 outs

  38. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:45 AM

    7 Runs before 4 outs

  39. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:47 AM

    That wasnt a very productive inning. Ok guys give 100% effective inning in 9th

  40. mick - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    FP and Bobby C are talking like we wont win East, what is up with that?

  41. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:51 AM

    8 runs before 3 outs

  42. mick - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:51 AM

    OK so magic # is 2 with 5 to play….. feeling good

  43. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:54 AM

    At least Michael Gonzalez didnt do this in a close game.He decided to just put it over the middle.Since I called for a comeback only Harper and Bernadina took up the cause.

  44. Joe Seamhead - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:54 AM

    mick, I haven't heard them say anything like that. Is it a Corona Friday night?

  45. mick - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:54 AM

    so the Reds' Baily pitches a no -hitter, yikes…. Reds may be very tough to beat

  46. mick - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:57 AM

    Joe Seam… not drinking tonight… I was alluding to their comments in the 8th inning about Nats re- shuffling rosters after the WC game and my impressions was they were serious

  47. mick - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:03 AM

    stinking game tonight.. may be the worst played game of the season, 1 out of 157 aint bad at all

  48. natsfan1a - Sep 29, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Actually, I was, except for a few times in the late innings when I nodded off on the couch. :-)Mark said…10:52 p.m. — 12-2 Cardinals in the eighth. I would certainly hope nobody out there is still watching now.

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