NL Division Series Game 2: Nationals at Cardinals

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See you for Game 3 Wednesday in D.C.

(Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)

Game 2 is in the books, and it leaves a far less pleasant taste in the mouths of the Nats and their faithful. Probably something akin to slightly off milk. But Washington wanted at least a split in St. Louis, and that’s what the Nationals got.

They head home looking to shake off tonight’s clunker when playoff baseball returns to D.C. on Wednesday afternoon. It’s a 1 p.m. start, meaning you have about 40 to come up with a believable excuse for why you can’t be in the office/classroom.

Edwin Jackson, one of the few Nationals with playoff experience, will take the ball for the home team against Chris Carpenter. Jackson was 1-1 last year during the Cardinals’ World Series run last fall with a 5.60 ERA, 12 strikeouts and nine walks.

“We got E-Jax going,” Bryce Harper told reporters after the game. “He’s one of the strongest pitchers in the postseason.”

Take a few deep breaths. Eat your vegetables. Rest up. Get your buckets of eye black ready (or don’t). Game 3 is coming to the District. We’ll see you then.

By Matt Brooks