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Gio Gonzalez looking shaky, Cardinals lead NLDS Game 1

Oct 7, 2012, 4:11 PM EDT

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Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez hasn’t allowed a hit through two innings, but he has issued five walks and thrown some wild pitches, allowing the Cardinals to take an early 2-1 lead in Game 1 of the NLDS.

This is Gio’s first career postseason start and the five-game series opened on the road due to this year’s odd home field advantage format. So it’s a reasonable assumption that he’s battling jitters.

Adam Wainwright just took the mound for the top of the third. He’s also had some command issues.

What looked like a potential pitchers’ duel on paper could very well turn into a shootout. Strap in, folks.

  1. paperlions - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Just bad managing by Matheny. Would you rather have Boggs facing Tracy or Scrabble facing Moore? The choice is pretty easy as Boggs>>Scrabble and Moore>Tracy.

    It was a good piece of hitting by Moore, but Matheny failed to do a manager’s job there….put his players in the best position to succeed.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:30 PM

      I hear you Paper.
      But at the end of the day…when you got the bases loaded…NO outs and fail to score…
      Bottom line…the Nationals did far more to win this game than the Cardinals did.

      • paperlions - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:56 PM

        Totally agree…it would just be nice to see the players lose the game by themselves….they didn’t need help in that department.

  2. proudlycanadian - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Two key RBI’s by a merry Tyler Moore.

  3. natstowngreg - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Seen this a lot this season. Just when the Nats look like they’re done, something happens.

    Nats 2-9 w/RISP. Cards 0-8.

    Nice to see Tyler Clippard overcome the defensive mistake. He had not been pitching well lately.

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