The Washington Nationals had a 6-0 lead in Game 5, but if we’ve learned anything over the last year, it’s that you cannot put away the Cardinals. They won the wildcard game, and then they rallied here when it looked desperate. They slowly climbed back in the game, and when Daniel Descalso hit a home run in the eighth inning, they pulled within a run.
The Nationals got another run in the bottom of the inning, to make it a two run margin going to the last inning. Drew Storen, pitching for the third game in a row, came in to try to close it. Carlos Beltran led off with a double, then Storen got Holliday and Craig. Down to two strikes and two outs, Yadier Molina and David Freese both worked walks to load the bases. Then Descalso again came up with a sharp hit off the diving glove of Ian Desmond. With Washington still stunned, Peter Kozma then hit a single down the right field line that scored the winning runs.
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