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NLDS Game 5: Cardinals at Nats

Oct 12, 2012, 9:40 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
It all comes down to Game 5 tonight at Nationals Park.

And so it has come to this: A winner-take all, decisive Game 5 of the National League Division Series, the Nationals and Cardinals hoping to emerge victorious tonight and advance to face the awaiting Giants in the National League Championship Series beginning Sunday night (either in D.C. or San Francisco).

As was the case for Game 4, Davey Johnson will have an extra arm available in his bullpen: Edwin Jackson. Unlike Game 4, though, Johnson wouldn't use Jackson in a setup role like he did with Jordan Zimmermann. Sounds like the only way Jackson would appear in this game is if it goes extra innings.

Before it ever gets to that point, of course, Gio Gonzalez and Adam Wainwright will take center stage, a rematch of starters from Game 1 in St. Louis and an Aug. 31 encounter here at Nationals Park (a 10-0 blowout win for the Nats). We should have a sense early how both pitchers are going to be, and with the late starting time, there won't be any talk of sun or shadows for this game.

It will, however, be much colder than it's been for any game all season. If you're one of the lucky ones holding tickets, make sure to bundle up. You'll need to with a steady wind blowing in from left field.

Enjoy this game, everyone. You never know when you're going to get to experience another one like it. Plenty of updates and analysis here, as always, throughout…

NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION SERIES – GAME 5
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 8:37 p.m. EDT
TV: TBS
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), WTEM (980 AM), XM 183
Weather: Clear, 52 degrees, Wind 11 mph in from LF

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

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405 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. natsfan1a - Oct 12, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    Leaving for the park shortly. Hope to see some of you at picnic tables behind 312 about an hour before the game. Look for a Natsinsider sign on the table. Be there. Aloha. Go, GIO!! Go, NATS!!

  2. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Oct 12, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    Packing my Maalox now. See you all at 312.And Go You Freakin' Nats Go! (GYFNG!)Good luck to all, and travel safely.

  3. baseballswami - Oct 12, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Cheer them on for us!! I will be right here glued to the tv, texting with my sons and my friend in Iowa. Hope some of you will be here keeping me company.

  4. PFB Balls of Fire - Oct 12, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Just listened to Charlie's call of the Werth homer. Damn I'm pumped. I know y'all at the game will make us proud.

  5. ehay2k - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    Am at the park – at the Fairgrounds. Standing by the neon green containers. Come on by.

  6. ehay2k - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    Am at the park – at the Fairgrounds. Standing by the neon green containers. Come on by.

  7. MicheleS - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    GO GIO! GO NATS BATS! GYFNG!

  8. JaneB - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    I worked out a way to get my husband the car keys so he can get his warmer clothing and ticket. The solution was just a good tip away. So I will see you up behind 312! Smart idea to get a sign!What extremes of weather these guys have had to endure, Sunday will be warmer. But we get there throough tonight.Is anyone else excited but not done on by nerves, the way I am tonight? And the way I have NOT been the last week or so? I feel like, "ok. THIS is how post season goes. Got it." it's a good feeling. I'd like to be able to experience it beyond tonight.GYFNG! Seriously. Joyfully. Indubitably. GYFNG!

  9. waddu eye no - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Y'all got body heat and natitude times 45k to keep you warm. EnjoyGyfng!!!

  10. NatsNut - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    GYFNG!See you at the park!

  11. SpingfieldNatsFan1 - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Wish I could be there tonight….it's my wife and daughter's turn tonight after I got the experience of a lifetime last night. I'm not ready for the season to end yet….GO NATS!!! Hope to see everyone Sunday night if I can score some standing room only Tim.

  12. Constant Reader - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    GYFNG!Love my baseball team.Love all you guys here on NI.Contemplating throwing up.Serenity now!

  13. baseballswami - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Was that a Haiku?

  14. Constant Reader - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    No; a panic driven staccato release of random thoughts as I walk out the door. On my way to 312.

  15. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Let's win one for Teddy Lerner!

  16. PFB Balls of Fire - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    We need some GYFNG! T-shirts.

  17. MicheleS - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Wind is blowing in and its cold

  18. phil dunton - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Judging from the ongoing Yankee-Os game, there won't be much hitting tonight. This cold weather kills the offense. The key tonight is Gio's control. No walks allowed!

  19. Manassas Nats' Fan - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    Lets get going right from tje beginning

  20. baseballswami - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    I hope some of you are going to be posting during the game. I need help with sanity!

  21. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    swami..I'll be posting.

  22. baseballswami - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Oh, good. You are always sane and sensible!

  23. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    Wow fingers are crossed, rabbits feet are being rubbed, no one stepping on a crack on the way to the park!!!!Let me reassure you all. This is in the bag –Nats 6 Cards 2Piece of Cake — everyone chill. Congratulations in advance to the Nats!!!

  24. SCNatsFan - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    Please let our stars show tonight

  25. baseballswami - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    I have not washed my lucky game shirt. Good thing no one else is here. It's my Natitude shirt. Go Nats!!!!!

  26. baseballswami - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    O's lost to the evil empire.

  27. Eugene in Oregon - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    To echo a couple of posts I read earlier (in other threads), whatever happens this evening, this season has been a great ride for everyone — players and fans alike. Except for one winter league season while living in the Dominican Republic, no baseball club I've ever considered 'my team' has had a run even remotely like the Nats have enjoyed this year. And I'm glad I experienced so much of it through this blog (thank you Mark Z.!), where the commentary is almost entirely intelligent and enjoyable to read. I believe it was the first Cardinals series when I first urged the Nats to 'score early and then keep the pressure on' and today I repeat that mantra. GYFNG!

  28. waddu eye no - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    Must. Sync. Tivo. Cant. Miss. C&D. Cant stop thinking if nights in the deck listening to chad closing, then "take me out. "Before i got satelliite.Times has changed. Gyfng

  29. waddu eye no - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    And before iphone auto spell. Jeez

  30. NCNatsie - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    A's and O's both out. That leaves only one upstart team. Perfect. GYFNG!

  31. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    Posting from Duffy's…stay with us, Swami!

  32. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    NCNatsie, you did mean St Louis, right?

  33. baseballswami - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    Is this the last series to be decided?

  34. baseballswami - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    Section3– your mission: do not let me go all legion of doom. I hate myself when I go there!

  35. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    swami…stay inside, preferably on a first floor and we'll keep you on the good side. First things first is Gio throwing strke one to every hitter.

  36. baseballswami - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    It's still surreal for me that we are actually playing in the post season. Watching the national broadcast, seeing NatsPark so crazy- just seems like a dream. This has been awesome.

  37. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    It's something you can never take for granted. Just enjoy!

  38. djinFl. - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:37 AM

    Let's play some baseball

  39. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    I'm here until my battery dies, Swami! Remember The Man In The Arena!

  40. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    Time to barrel up, guys. Work the count and crush your pitch!

  41. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    3 down, 24 to go!

  42. baseballswami - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    Gio!!! Busting out the teddy speech was epic! The ledge is not calling me yet.

  43. Nicky - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    Jason!,,

  44. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    So there's 1 tv here with a soccer game on. Poor bstds trying to watch that, good luckBambam!

  45. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    Two Barrel Ups!!!!!

  46. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    Three Barrel Ups!!!!!

  47. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    Like I said, people ,– chillThis game is in the bag — already done and won in the cosmos.

  48. natscan reduxit - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    … to echo what a few of you have said, G Y F N G!!! Get your October Natitude in gear.

  49. Nicky - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    Not a bad start

  50. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    Not to shabby

  51. dabassguy1 - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    I forsee the swami being able to avoid Legion of Doom status.

  52. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    Pretty pitch for strike 3 on ALR nothing he could no on that one

  53. natscan reduxit - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    … someone help me get a check on my emotions, please. Like the Yog said, "it ain't over til .." well you know.

  54. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    Time for Morse to cut loose

  55. dabassguy1 - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    Can you believe he struck out? We should fire the hitting coach.Just kidding. Loving this start.

  56. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:57 AM

    Nobody here hit the high note. NP.

  57. djinFl. - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:57 AM

    I love the way they keep carrying on about our fans.

  58. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:58 AM

    Nonono. Don't let Wainwright back on.

  59. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    Thats okay 3 Gio is going to completely shut this Cards team down

  60. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    We have to lay off that curve!!

  61. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    Damn I ought to be there — we all ought to be out there.

  62. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:01 AM

    GIO THROW STRIKES!!!!!!!

  63. baseballswami - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:01 AM

    Well, that was interesting. Should have added on , though ; )

  64. Manassas Nats' Fan - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    Shut down inning needed

  65. Nicky - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    4 down 23 to go

  66. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    Jack, I don't mind wild, I mind wild IN the strike zone.

  67. Nicky - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    5 down 24 to go

  68. Nicky - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    6 down 21 to go

  69. baseballswami - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    Was that a caught stealing by a Nats battery??? Awesome!!!

  70. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    Ok, that was a better AB from Danny there.

  71. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    Still….When you are 3 runs up…there is no reason to nibble.

  72. baseballswami - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    That was the ugliest bunt attempt ever.

  73. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    Swami, he didn't even foul it into his own face. I've seen MUCH worse. Did suck, tho.

  74. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    It's not nibbling, it's "favorable deviation."

  75. Nicky - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    7 down 20 to goEvery out is a step closer to victory

  76. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    *UNfavorable, rather

  77. Nicky - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    8 down 19 to goCloser

  78. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:27 AM

    But it seems to be working

  79. Nicky - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    9 down 18 to go1/3 of the way to win

  80. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    I don't think Gio's planning in matching Verlander, tho.

  81. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    Add-on runs. Play small ball and whatever it takes.

  82. natscan reduxit - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    … oh my, but Gio is a magician tonight. How could Bean let him and Kurt both go to Rizzo. Peacock and Milone must be very good indeed.Go Nats!!

  83. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    And ANOTHER BARREL UP!!!!!!

  84. Exposremains - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    Harper..You could just feel it.

  85. natscan reduxit - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    … Bryce Harper is … [Error: superlative overload, superlative overload]Go On Nats; just Go On!!

  86. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    Better. HR by Bryce. Told you he was just missing them. Both hits with JAYSON WERTH's bat.

  87. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    What are Zim's chances for a triple?Hey Swami, how's this?

  88. Manassas Nats' Fan - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:37 AM

    Hsrp and Zim 2 extra base hits each

  89. Manassas Nats' Fan - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:37 AM

    Come on laroche advance Zim

  90. natscan reduxit - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    … I want to hear from all you Michael Morse detractors now please.

  91. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    AND ONE MORE BARREL UP!!!!!!

  92. natscan reduxit - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    …I thought maybe next week I might just go "Walking with my baby down by the San Francisco Bay".Come On With Me, You Nats!!

  93. waddu eye no - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    Charlie : " wings for everybody"Gonna be a crowd at hard times!!!!

  94. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    See……Simple game……. throw strikes…….barrel up……

  95. peric - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    I said they needed one of these … never expected it to happen in the final, key game. Harper and Morse … where are all the gloom, doom, fire Rizzo, gut the team negaanons now?

  96. Manassas Nats' Fan - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    My radio 4 secs.ahead so i can reaf text and look up

  97. Manassas Nats' Fan - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    Desi fishing tonight

  98. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    Is it too early to sing San Francisco"? Yeah.

  99. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    Wow….Espinosa struck out. who'd of thunk?

  100. Manassas Nats' Fan - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    Shut down inning time again.

  101. Smatt1001 - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    This is just pure awesome! GYFNG

  102. Swift Eagle - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    6 Extra Base Hits and 7 K's in 3 innings!!That's How we Roll…Legion of BOOM!!!!

  103. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    It's all about throwing strikes.

  104. rogieshan - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    Evidently, the Nats hitters prefer night baseball. Hope Gio can keep his focus.

  105. natscan reduxit - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    … sorry Sofa, you're right of course; it IS too early to sing. But I'm so excited I simply can't help myself.Move On, You Nats!!

  106. baseballswami - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    Don't start counting chickens . It's early and it would appear that Gio might be letting them back into this game.

  107. Manassas Nats' Fan - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    How long do I have to harp on no ealk especially lead off walk. Seems like that concept is totally not coached

  108. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    OK Gio…..walk someone else now. that seems to work.

  109. Nicky - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    10 down 17 to go up 5It's all about outs

  110. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    That darn leadoff walk.

  111. baseballswami - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    I just hate lead off walks.

  112. Nicky - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    11 down 16 to go Ok no runs

  113. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    Was that really a double. looked foul.

  114. Nicky - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    12 down 15 to goNo runs Looking good

  115. Smatt1001 - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    Not a bad recovery by Gio but we still need to keep them off the board

  116. Manassas Nats' Fan - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    Well lead off walks scores again.

  117. baseballswami - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    Need to add on, then shut them down.

  118. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    Ghost, it just caugjt the bag. Good call.

  119. Jim Zurer - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    The Presidents race gets stupider and stupider. What a travesty!!!! Great game though.

  120. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:05 AM

    My Cortizone Shot is finally coming. I will let you know

  121. Manassas Nats' Fan - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    Need a shut down inning for real this time.

  122. baseballswami - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    Oh, Gio . Please shut them down. Please ??

  123. baseballswami - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    Gio not long for this game?? I hear the ledge beckoning.

  124. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    Who's up?

  125. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    I am so pissedt the inability to throw STRIKE 1!It gets you in trouble every time..

  126. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    In the pen, I mean

  127. baseballswami - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    I hope Davey doesn't let this get out of hand.

  128. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    If you are not afraid to hit 0-2, you can't be afraid to pitch 3-0.

  129. baseballswami - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:17 AM

    I just can't believe Gio is pulling this crap with a big lead. And no one up in the pen???

  130. Manassas Nats' Fan - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    Why does McCatty always wait till troble already started to go out?13 Out 14 to go. need a double play

  131. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:19 AM

    Gio shown signs of being gassed last inning.He IS gassed now. Bases jammed, one out yet the Bullpen remains quiet.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  132. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:19 AM

    What is Davey seeing. I can't tell except on DeScalso he missed badly and these walks can't continue.

  133. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:19 AM

    Gio has thrown his curve for a strike just 3 times. Where has his curve gone??

  134. Manassas Nats' Fan - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:19 AM

    Get him gio

  135. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    If Gio blows this lead … I'm gonna start thinking him a choker!!Now a wild pitch!Gio, you are a choker!!

  136. Smatt1001 - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    Need to get out of this inning.

  137. baseballswami - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    Really, Gio?? This again?

  138. Manassas Nats' Fan - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    Damn you Gio throw strikes. They gave you a 6-0 lead and your nibbling. Why?

  139. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    still no bullpen action …

  140. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:22 AM

    G E T H I M O U T O F T H E R E !!!

  141. Manassas Nats' Fan - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:22 AM

    What are you doing. all you have to do is show control. Why nibbling?

  142. Smatt1001 - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    TBS is now commenting on the lack of action in the bullpen…

  143. baseballswami - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    This is on Davey. No one warming up.

  144. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    He's classic high pressure choker

  145. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    Davey, what are you seeing? I don't see anyone warming. What am I missing?

  146. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    Got to grt somebody up here Davey.

  147. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    Allan Craiggot a bad feeling

  148. baseballswami - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:24 AM

    Everyone on the ledge right with me tonight.

  149. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:24 AM

    Curve ball 2 feet inside 1-0

  150. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:24 AM

    2-0 another curve waaay inside

  151. Manassas Nats' Fan - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:24 AM

    Why balls?

  152. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:24 AM

    high fast ball gio got lucky

  153. Smatt1001 - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    Finally Stammen up in the 'pen.

  154. natscan reduxit - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    … Stammen up.

  155. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    Craig takes another pitch literally 3 feet outsideone pitch from forcing in a run

  156. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    Whoa, Gio had a GIDP linebacker there and barely gets it to Suzuki.I see Staymen warming.

  157. natscan reduxit - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    … 3 & 1. Does he have another strike?

  158. baseballswami - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    What is Davey thinking???????

  159. Smatt1001 - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    RBI Walk…

  160. Manassas Nats' Fan - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    Davey what are you waiting for a grand slam?

  161. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    BALL FOUR3 WALKS THIS INNING10 WALKS FOR GIO IN LAST 8 INNINGSA RETURN OF HIS OAKLAND FORMBASES LOADED STILL NO CHANGE OF PITCHER

  162. Smatt1001 - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    The Nats bats better be ready…

  163. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    bALL WAAAT HIGH

  164. baseballswami - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:27 AM

    Seriously??? No reason for this!!!!!

  165. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:27 AM

    Just throw strikes. Gio is his own worst enemy..And NatsFanSinceStart….please know that the regulars at this site consider you as mostly a troll.

  166. natscan reduxit - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:27 AM

    … we've had a good pen all year. Now it's time to prove it.Go Pen! Go Nats!!

  167. baseballswami - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:28 AM

    I mean, if they get hits, you get it. But handing them run after run???

  168. Manassas Nats' Fan - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:28 AM

    Why does Gio have innings like this. it is totally crazy. You cant nibble. We need runs as the Cards are going to score more

  169. baseballswami - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:29 AM

    Trying to remain level but scratching my head at this point.

  170. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:30 AM

    That wasn't nibbling, that was loss of command.

  171. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:30 AM

    This is scary, people.Our 'Ace' cannot find the plate — two straight games — and alarming wildness!!What is wrong with Gio?Can he get himself together?is it nerves?Can we go anywhere without him?

  172. rogieshan - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:31 AM

    Near disaster of his own making. I wouldn't bring Stammen in with the sacks drunk either, but why not warm Garcia or Mattheus?

  173. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:32 AM

    After the inning I think Gio was yelling over his shoulder. Gio needs a mirror. Absolute meltdown with the bottom of the order.

  174. Nicky - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:32 AM

    Ok15outs12left Up by 3

  175. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:33 AM

    I'm concerned about Gio's Big Game performances. Is he so high strung, that he is a liability on the mound in the playoffs??

  176. Manassas Nats' Fan - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:33 AM

    Damn it ball 4 swung at. You dont see cards stop rallies by swinging at ball 4.

  177. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:34 AM

    I saw that, Ghost. almost looked like Gio was yelling at the ump. — if he was yelling at the umpire, Gio is a quite a fool or a baby.

  178. Manassas Nats' Fan - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:35 AM

    Since Morse homer team back to games 1-4 hitting style

  179. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:35 AM

    Rosenthal sure can bring it

  180. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:36 AM

    It's thinking that that you can place your fastball in a particular spot instead of "HERE IT IS, HIT IT!"I'm not sure Gio can do either when he's over throwing.

  181. Manassas Nats' Fan - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:37 AM

    No more base runners bull pen. our hitters have gone dorment after the great start.

  182. baseballswami - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    Maybe Gio is out of gas . He is so high energy, he just burns himself out. Maybe the intensity of the season has him depleted. Just think in such a decisive game there should be a quick hook. Mattheus was good on Sunday, pen is pretty fresh. Why not use them? Seems like always Stammen.

  183. Manassas Nats' Fan - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:40 AM

    Desi you must make that play darn you.

  184. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:40 AM

    It almost seems like Davey wanted Gio to get his 5 innings.

  185. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:40 AM

    These guys are defending Champs. They are not going quietly into the night.But nothing changes…..throw frigging strikes.And Desi has to make that play.

  186. natscan reduxit - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:41 AM

    … sorry but I don't have a lot of faith in Stammen. And now Desi misses a ground ball. I'm feeling queasy.

  187. Manassas Nats' Fan - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:41 AM

    11 Outs to go.

  188. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:42 AM

    Turn 2. Let's go and get out of the inning.

  189. Manassas Nats' Fan - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:42 AM

    Quit nibbling damn it

  190. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:45 AM

    Tailor made. Espi is in there for defense CLEARLY. Have yoake that play.

  191. Manassas Nats' Fan - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:45 AM

    10 Outs but Espi who cant hit worth a crap decides to ot field worth a crap either

  192. natscan reduxit - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:45 AM

    … Stammen is gone – whew. Now we need Mark De R to lead the guys in another big Teddy quote.Go Nats!! we still believe!

  193. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:46 AM

    Sean Burnett……LOGY…one out and one out only….Throw friggin strikes!

  194. baseballswami - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:46 AM

    When was the last time Burnett pitched ? This is just scary. Too many outs left.

  195. natscan reduxit - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:48 AM

    … on to the seventh. I'm not sure I have enough fingernails left.Come On, Nats – Go!!

  196. Nicky - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:49 AM

    Ok18 outs9 to go3 run marginGyfng

  197. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:49 AM

    Goid news is Rosenthal is out if the game and LaRussa is quickly using his bench.

  198. baseballswami - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:49 AM

    LaRussa???

  199. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    And now we go to the toughest 9 outs in baseball. But right now, add ons would really be helpful.

  200. JayB - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    Davey's choice to play Danny E all NLDS and stick with "his guy" (Gio) even when he knew that he was imploding may well cost this team the what should have been an easy win.Davey is very stubborn…not really what you want in the playoff elimination game. You use everyone that can help you with each AB and Each pitch….Davey did not do that tonight.

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