After taking two out of three games from the Brewers in Milwaukee, the Cards traveled to the nation’s capitol for their first best-of-four series of the year against the Washington Nationals, their first match up out of the Central Division this year.
The Red Birds are holding onto their 2nd place spot in the Central Division, behind the hot Milwaukee Brewers and just ahead of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and looked to take lead of the Central Division with these four games.
All started to go as planned in Game 1, Adam Wainwright held the Nats at just two hits and no runs as the Cards shut out the Nationals 8-0. Offense got right to it in the top of the first inning with three rbi hits to make the score 3-0 in no time. An error in the top of the fourth followed by RBIs in the 6th and 7th inning gave the Cardinals a comfortable lead going into the final innings. Wainwright pitched 8 strikeouts and had an ERA of 1.80 to take Game 1 of this four game series
Friday night was an even match after a home run by Anthony Rendon and an RBI single by Mark Ellis to tie it at one. In the bottom of the seventh, a wild pitch by Michael Wacha would bring in two runs for the Nationals to put the final score at 1-3, dropping Game 2 for the National League Champs.
Game 3 the Cardinals got back in the game and started scoring early in the second inning with RBIs from Tony Cruz and Lance Lynn to start their 3-0 lead. With a 4-1 lead going into the eighth inning, the Nationals attempted to rally with an RBI in the bottom of the eighth as well as the ninth inning, but the Cards walked away Saturday night with a 4-3 win.
Sunday came and the Cardinals looked to leave Washington that day with 3 wins out of 4 games. After holding a 2-0 lead over six innings, the Nats came back to tie it in the bottom of the seventh off of two RBI singles. Then with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth, the Nationals split the series with a 3-2 win.
The Cardinals travel to New York tonight to take on the Mets in another four game series at 7:10 pm.