Jayson Werth saved the Nationals' season with his walk-off homer to force a decisive Game 5. And after his blast to left field, he enjoyed quite the home run trot.
Nationals pitchers, long the strength during the season, are leaving too many balls up in the strike zone. They insist it's not because they're tired.
"We have to set a statement right after the bat that there will be a Game 5," said the left-hander, who will start that game.
As the Nationals play for the season, Davey Johnson is not changing his approach.
On the brink of elimination, the Nationals will turn to Ross Detwiler. Manager Davey Johnson said that Jordan Zimmermann will also be available out of the bullpen. Kyle Lohse will start for the Cardinals.
By James Wagner, Barry Svrluga, Dan Steinberg and Matt Brooks
October 11, 2012
The second baseman, with 17 home runs this season but in a mini-slump now, has attempted a bunt in three straight playoff games.
The right-handed starter threw only 63 pitches in his Game 2 loss on Monday, and will be the first reliever out of the bullpen if Ross Detwiler struggles.
The Nationals turn to Ross Detwiler in Game 4 with their season on the line.
The reliever figured to be perfect for the Nationals against the Cardinals, but instead he has struggled.
It's not only the usual suspects helping to fuel the Cardinals' offense in the NLDS; the unheralded middle infielders have also made big plays.