The first NLDS game in D.C. history belongs to the Washington Nationals. The Nats overcame 7 walks be Gio Gonzalez over 5 innings and came back in the 8th to beat the St. Louis Cardinals. From Nationals vs. Cardinals: Washington wins Game 1 of NLDS, 3-2 (The Post):
Davey Johnson, the 69-year-old managing his first postseason game in 15 years, sent left-hander Chad Tracy to pinch-hit. Rookie manager Mike Matheny countered by calling on Marc Rzepczynski, his only left-handed reliever. Johnson responded by pulling back Tracy and sending up Moore, the rookie who had a 10-homer season in limited time.
“I told Tracy when he went up there, if he takes him out and brings in Rzepczynski or whatever his name, I’m hitting Moore,” Johnson said.
Moore went the opposite way, dropping a single in right field to drive in the tying and winning runs.
Moore’s heroics were preceded by others. Jayson Werth made an important catch, 1-out, 1-runner on catch at the wall in the sixth:
The KMOX audio is quite something, make sure you watch the whole video to get it.
As you may recall from last week, above top of the padded wall is a home run. Not an easy catch in the sinister shadows of Busch Stadium III.
In the 7th, Ryan Mattheus came up huge, getting out of a bases-loaded, no outs jam. Two pitches, three outs:
I couldn’t believe the Cards were so impatient.
Tyler Moore’s 2-run single helps Nats edge Cards in Game 1 – The Wash. Times
Moore comes through in pinch, Nats take Game 1 – nationals.com
THE BOSWELL COLUMN
With one key hit, Nationals overcome a nerve-wracking start – The Post
DC SPORTS GAMEDAY
I watched the game with my family and a friend from preschool. He was always one of the biggest Redskins fans I knew. He had no objection to switching to the Nats game at 3:05 p.m. Hey, the Redskins were beating the Falcons when we switched. Or flipped over during a commercial. I can’t remember the specifics.
For the big DC sports doubleheader, we had Manger half-smokes (purchased at Canales at Eastern Market on Saturday morning) with homemade chili and DC Brau’s The Public pale ale. We’re going to have to do it this way again.
TODAY IS HIS BIRTHDAY TOO
Hey, there’s Tom Bridge at 0:26 on this NBC Washington report–