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Cardinals cash in on early opportunities against Nationals, grab 7-1 lead

Oct 8, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

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The Cardinals had all sorts of opportunities in Game 1 of the NLDS against the Nationals yesterday, but they collected just three hits and went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. They aren’t wasting those chances today.

The Cardinals got to Jordan Zimmermann early and currently lead the Nationals 7-1 through four innings in St. Louis.

The Nationals got on the board first via an RBI single by Zimmermann in the top of the second inning, but the Cardinals battled right back with four straight hits to begin the bottom-half of the inning, including an RBI double by David Freese and an RBI single by Daniel Descalso. After seeing his team squander opportunities yesterday, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny then made the bold decision to have Skip Schumaker pinch-hit for starting pitcher Jamie Garcia. It paid off, as Schumaker drove in a run with a ground out before Jon Jay knocked in Descalso with the fourth run before he was cut down trying to stretch a single into a double.

Allen Craig extended the Cardinals’ lead in the third with a solo home run just inside the left field foul pole. The Cardinals tacked on two more in the fourth, as Descalso hit a solo homer to right-center field off Craig Stammen and Pete Kozma scored on a fielding error by Ian Desmond. Lance Lynn is currently pitching for the Cardinals, who appear poised to bring this series to 1-1 going to Washington, D.C.

  1. coachbeck - Oct 8, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    Both these teams won’t beat the Reds

    • paperlions - Oct 8, 2012 at 7:41 PM

      You are right, only one of them will have a chance to beat them.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 9, 2012 at 9:09 AM

      The ole’ reverse psychology huh Coach?

  2. paperlions - Oct 8, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Holy hell….this homeplate ump is just as bad as yesterday’s….they do know that home plate is 18″ wide and not 30″ wide, right?

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