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NLDS Game 3: Cardinals at Nats

Oct 10, 2012, 2:03 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The postseason comes to Washington at last this afternoon.

Eighty-eight years ago today, Earl McNeely doubled to left field in the bottom of the 12th inning at Griffith Stadium, bringing home Muddy Ruel from second base with the run that gave the Washington Senators a 4-3 victory over the New York Giants in Game 7 of the World Series, the one and only major-league baseball championship in District of Columbia history.

About three hours from now, the postseason returns to Washington, with Edwin Jackson delivering the first pitch of Game 3 of the National League Division Series to Jon Jay as a sellout crowd on South Capitol Street roars with approval. It's an event so many people in this town have looked forward to experiencing for so long, but the mood will be dampened significantly if the Nationals don't emerge victorious.

How important is the outcome of this game? Well, there have been 39 five-game series in baseball history that were tied 1-1. The team that won Game 3 proceeded to win the series 30 times, losing only nine times. So, there you go.

Be sure to get here early for the pregame festivities, which include the full introductions of both teams, plus Frank Robinson throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. And for those not fortunate enough to be able to attend in person, you of course can get plenty of updates and analysis right here…

NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION SERIES – GAME 3
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:07 p.m. EDT
TV: MLB Network
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), WTEM (980 AM), XM 183
Weather: Sunny, 66 degrees, Wind 9 mph out to CF

NATIONALS
RF Jayson Werth
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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211 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. DJB - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    NatsJack,You're kidding, of course.

  2. Mickey Vernon - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    Losing the opener of a 3 game home series would not be so worrisome if the Nats, after playing way over .500 ball for 5 straight months, had not become just a break-even team in the final month.

  3. baseballswami - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    I would just like to repeat this– what the Nats did this year was a miracle. I am proud if them. They got to the post season after never having a winning season. They don 't appear to have enough to go deeper. This year. Next year we have a full strassie season, espii more mature?, zim with a good shoulder, and lessons learned this year.

  4. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    Nats'll crush Lohse like he's Mike Leake.

  5. rabbit34 - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    OK!!!!!!!!!!! ONLY 5 strikeouts! That's good. Desmond is ripping them a new one. That's good. But still no clutch hitting. Oh well. Maybe next year. Now I'm starting to sound like a Red Sox fan!!! But really, next year we'll be ok. Come on, admit it. This year was a fluke. A first place gift.

  6. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    I do think the Stras decision was ridiculous. Gio was rusty after 6 days or whatever. They could have stopped pitching in September and moved him to the bullpen and then transitioned him back. He couldn't be any worse than what we have now.

  7. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Miracle? I think the Nats finished about where they should have. What the O's did this year, was a statistical miracle, winning almost as many as we did, while having barely a positive run differential.

  8. DJB - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    I agree with Rabbit. We finish a little above 500 next year unless we change the team radically. Espi is useless.

  9. Manassas Nats' Fan - Oct 10, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    The starters this series have had a serious melt down. Not preparing correctly it appears

  10. natsfan1a - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    Sorry to have missed everyone. My husband didn't get home until 11:30, then we got stuck in traffic on our way to the Metro. Got to the park around 12:45 or so. Did get to cheer from the CF plaza as they did the team intros and Frank threw out the first pitch, then headed up to our seats.

  11. Joe Seamhead - Oct 11, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    I got home a while ago from the game.Just read this blog. Many of you really disappoint me. You act like this already all over. That's not so. Worse, you've already forgotten that this team has won 99 games this year, and in doing so has brought unbelievable joy to many in this town.As to those still questioning the Strasburg shutdown, all I can say is we will in all likelihood thank Mike Rizzo for years to come. GYFNG!!!

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB MN
x-WASHINGTON 87 64 -- 0
ATLANTA 76 76 11.5
MIAMI 73 77 13.5
NEW YORK 73 79 14.5
PHILADELPHIA 69 82 18.0
Through Wednesday's early games
x-Clinched division title

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
THU: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
FRI: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Marlins, 1:10 p.m.
MON: OFF
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
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