Nats take 3 of 4 from Cardinals, clinch non-losing season, host Cubs at 1:05 today

After winning Thursday night, the Washington Nationals continued their series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

FRIDAY

Gio Gonzales goes all the way for a complete game shutout. Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper, continue being awesome at the top of the order. Final score 8-0.

SATURDAY

Jordan Zimmermann
has a terrible outing, loses 4-0 lead. Nats fall behind, but retake the lead in another case of Harper being Harper, scoring from first on a single:

Great base-running by Harper and Ryan Zimmerman, who by going to second distracted the Cardinals. Sadly, it wasn’t the winning run.

It was not their lack of power or poor pitching in a 10-9 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, in which the lead changed hands three different times, that ultimately became their undoing. But rather it was the runners, standing on first base, who knew they could take second if they want it.

In the top of the ninth inning, with the game tied at nine, it was Allen Craig – who’s had 271 opportunities in his career to steal second or third base and has only attempted it on eight occasions – timed Drew Storen’s nearly two-second delivery and took off. Moments later, when David Freese singled to left field and Craig scored the go-ahead run easily, it was that weakness that cost them the game.\
Nationals can’t hold off Cardinals in 10-9 lossThe Wash. Times

Sean Burnett and Drew Storen also struggle and the Nats inability to hold base-runners costs them dearly.

SUNDAY

Stephen Strasburg
made what is likely his penultimate starts of the 2012 home schedule. He pitched through adversity on a few occasions and left with a 2-0 lead after six innings. C Kurt Suzuki homered and drove in a run. Strasburg would get a no decision though, as Burnett gave up a two out, two run homer Daniel Descalso. Ian Desmond and Danny Espinosa drove in runs in the 8th. The Cardinals got one back off of Ryan Mattheus, but he got the win. Tyler Clippard slams the door shut for the save.

The Nats take on the Chicago Cubs this afternoon at 1:05 p.m. I’ll be at work, hoping I can get the game on WGN, since the Angelos channel isn’t carried at work.

Yesterday’s win was the 81st of the year, topping the modern high water mark of 2005. There is a month of baseball yet to be played. The streak of losing seasons ends at six.

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