After game 2 loss, Nats need to move on

Isn’t it something how a blogger isn’t motivated to jump out of bed and write after a loss?

The Washington Nationals lost game 2 of the NLDS to the St. Louis Cardinals, 12-4. That and the fact that tomorrow’s game 3, the first playoff game in D.C. since the 1933 World Series is at 1 p.m. and on MLB Network which is not as widely available as other channels has certainly made the Natmosphere cranky.

As for yesterday’s game, the Nats started off well with 2 walks in the top of the first. They didn’t convert those runners into runs though. Jordan Zimmermann then went 1-2-3 in the bottom frame. Things were looking good. In the top of the second, the Nats got more baserunners and Zimermmann pulled up from a bunt and went the other way to knock in a run. Things looked really good, but getting only one run out of those innings seemed like the same scenario that went the other way the day before.

Zimmermann then came undone in the bottom of the inning and the Cardinals had 4 runs. He gave up another in the third and was pulled. The bullpen threw gasoline on the fire with Craig Stammen, Michael Gonzalez and Sean Burnett gave up 7 runs to eliminate the chance of the comeback.

Back to back home runs by Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche were nice though. They only got the Nats within four though and St. Louis expanded their lead. Just a tough ugly game.

The challenge ahead is getting the Nats to put it aside, but more so for strong starting pitching. Edwin Jackson starts tomorrow and needs to pitch a strong outing. His last outing against the Redbirds was brutal. The top of the order needs to step up too, Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper need to get going.


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