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NLDS Game 3 Live Blog: Cardinals vs. Nationals, baby!

Oct 10, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

St. Louis Cardinals' Kozma hits a three run home run in front of Washington Nationals catcher Suzuki during the second inning in Game 3 of their MLB NLDS baseball series in Washington

4:42 PM: Bryce Harper flies out to second and that’s the ballgame. Cardinals win 8-0 and take a 2-1 lead. The Nats’ backs are up against the wall.

Stay tuned to HBT for some postgame analysis and all kinds of other things on a busy, busy evening of playoff baseball.

4:41 PM: Jayson Werth walks. He’s the Nats first baserunner since the sixth inning.

4:24 PM: After not going down in order in any of the first six innings, the Nats have gone down 1-2-3 in both the seventh and the eighth. We’re heading to the ninth with the score still 8-0.

4:18 PM: Michael Morse with a long fly out. No oohs or ahhs from the crowd this time. They’re starting to get jaded just like the fans of every other team. Playoff frustration will do that to you.

4:15 PM: Costas and Kaat continuing on the Strasburg stuff. Believe me, I have beaten that horse as much as anyone, but the two pitchers who pooped the bed in this series so far would have pitched even if Strasburg was on the team. And the Nats offense has sucked too. Strasburg will be a fun conversation topic if the Nats lose this series, but let’s not pretend he’s the difference between victory and defeat.

4:13 PM:  Mattheus just walked Allen Craig and unleashed the loudest F-bomb I’ve heard in a televised game since Greg Maddux retired.

4:07 PM: Ryan Mattheus is in for the Nats now in the top of the eighth. He gets two outs but then allows a Jon Jay single, a Carlos Beltran ground rule double and a Matt Holliday single and now it’s 8-0.

3:53 PM: It looked like multiple broken ankles would happen on the play, but Bryce Harper just grounded to first to a diving Allen Craig, Rosenthal covered first and just beat out Harper for the out.

3:45 PM: Garcia finally gets out of the inning, throwing 30 pitches to do it.  The bottom of the seventh awaits.

3:40 PM: Molina works a full count off Garcia and then takes ball four.  A run scores, it’s 6-0 St. Louis.

3:35 PM: The Cardinals start the seventh inning with back-to-back singles by Jon Jay and Carlos Beltran off of Christian Garcia. Then Matt Holliday grounds out to third, but the runners advance on the long throw.  Davey Johnson decides to walk Allen Craig to load the bases. Yadier Molina comes up with the bases loaded and one out.

3:30 PM: And Rosenthal gets Jayson Werth to foul out. The Nats have left a ton of runners on base today. Just can’t get that key hit.

3:26 PM: It’s Trevor Rosenthal. Here comes some serious heat, folks.

3:25 PM: Suzuki pops up — the 12th flyball out of the game — but then Stephen Lombardozzi lines a single to right. Two on and two out and here comes Mike Matheny to take Carpenter out of the game. We go to the pen. MLB Network cuts away before they say who is coming in. Oh well.

3:21 PM: Chris Carpenter strikes out Espinosa on a called strike three.  Joe West took approximately eight years to make that call. Because it’s the Joe West show. Meanwhile, Mike Matheny comes out to check on Carpenter. Carp says he’s OK. I guess we’ll see in this at bat to Suzuki.

3:18 PM: Ian Desmond leads off the bottom of the sixth with a single past Kozma at short. He’s 3 for 3. Chris Carpenter is approaching 100 pitches. He has pitched 17 innings all year before today. You have to figure he’s done soon.

3:13 PM: Carpenter strikes out. It’s 5-0 Cards after five and a half. At least Nats fans won’t be hitting rush hour all at once when the game ends.

3:11 PM: Kozma strikes out and the dangerous Chris Carpenter comes to the plate. Two out, runner at third.

3:09 PM: Daniel Descalso flies to right, Yadier Molina tags up and scores, Freese advances to third. 5-0 Cardinals. Pete Kozma to the plate with the infield in.

3:06 PM: Craig Stammen is in for Edwin Jackson to start the sixth. He plunks the first hitter he faces — Yadier Molina — and then gives up a double to David Freese.  Molina had to stop at third because it was a high, high hit that just glanced off the wall. Werth almost caught it. Two runners in scoring position, no one out. This could break open big here now.  Nats pitching coach Steve McCatty making a slooooow walk to the mound to allow time for the pen to get going.

2:59 PM:  And Morse pops up to right, leaving the bases loaded. A real missed chance there. Cards lead 4-0.

2:58 PM: Jim Kaat, in describing that walk: “it won’t show up in the box score, but …”  Actually, Jim, yes, walks do show up in the box score.

2:57 PM: With runners on the corners, Carpenter gets Adam LaRoche to a full count and then … walks him.  Bases loaded and the tying run to the plate. It’s Michael Morse.

2:53 PM: The Nats have a little something cooking now. Jayson Werth was at first and took third on a two-out single by Ryan Zimmerman.

2:51 PM: Carpenter retires Bryce Harper with a popup for the second out of the fifth. Costas says it’s nine popups or flyballs for Carpenter so far. Nats just getting under everything.

2:42 PM: After the sacrifice, Beltran grounds out to third, and Carpenter can’t advance. Edwin Jackson then strikes out Allen Craig. Gee, if only the Cardinals had one more out.  I’m not really rooting for either team here, but I sorta want bad things to happen to Mike Matheny now for bunting with his leadoff hitter after the pitcher hits a double.

2:37 PM: And Mike Matheny has Jon Jay bunting. Carpenter gets to third so I guess it worked, but with the pitcher nailing Jackson like Carpenter did, why doesn’t Matheny five Jackson a free out? When you have a boxer on the ropes, you don’t start clinching. You smack him in the head.

2:35 PM: Chris Carpenter nails a leadoff double off Edwin Jackson. It was freakin’ cranked and almost went out. Carpenter is 2 for 2 against Jackson and is now 4 for 7 against him in his career.

2:32 PM: Meanwhile, in game action, Ian Desmond doubled, but he was stranded at second. Chris Carpenter is shutting out the Nats on four hits through four.

2:29 PM: When the Nats were stuck with the 1PM start, fans complained that MLB was not respecting the history of the moment.  Glad to see the Nats themselves are properly reverent:

2:27 PM: Why hasn’t the government cracked down on Axe Body Spray for false advertising? I’ve used their products before and not once — once! — was the opportunity to participate in a foursome with three towel-clad beauties presented to me.

2:24 PM: Edwin Jackson strikes out two in the fourth. Guess he can’t mulligan the first two innings, but it’s good to see him snap out of it.

2:22 PM:  Costas just dropped a factoid Nats fans might not like: since the advent of the wild card, the team with the best record in baseball has only won three of 17 World Series.

2:15 PM: End of the third, still 4-0. Looks like everyone has settled down now.

2:13 PM: Not gonna say the Nats fans are totally out of it right now. Bryce Harper just flied out to left and, as Matt Holliday was camped out under it, the crowd was shouting “Nooonaann!” or something like it.

2:09 PM: Sometimes I say that I don’t think commercials work. Then the DQ chicken strip basket ad comes on and I’m all hungry for DQ chicken strip baskets. Hurm.

2:07 PM: Jackson strikes out Allen Craig and then induces a Yadier Molina double play. Jackson lives to give up solid hits in another inning.

2:01 PM: Matt Holliday hits a solid single to lead off the third. Jackson has nada.

1:58 PM: Meanwhile, the second inning ends with the Nats doing no damage. It’s still 4-0.

1:57 PM: I thought Bryce Harper looked weird earlier but I couldn’t figure out why. Here’s why: red contact lenses. Holy crap that’s disturbing.

1:54 PM: Jim Kaat notes that Joyce is “no stranger to controversial calls.” You don’t say.  Now MLB showing replays of the Armando Galarraga play. Oy.

1:53 PM: After a leadoff single, Danny Espinosa tries to bunt his way on, but was called out by first base umpire Jim Joyce. On replay, Espinosa was safe. Imagine Jim Joyce getting a call at first base wrong.

1:51 PM:  You guys think I’m a troll? Ha!

1:46 PM: Jon Jay hits into a double play. Jackson needed that like nobody’s business. Then Beltran grounds out. Inning over. But, dudes, 4-0 Cardinals.

1:43: PM: Next pitch, Chris Carpenter of all people hits a single to right field.  We officially have Bad Edwin Jackson in the house. I wonder what Stephen Strasburg thinks about all of this.

1:42 PM: Pete Kozma hits a three run homer! It’s 4-0 Cards. And Nats Park deflates, almost immediately.

1: 41 PM: After the double, Jackson goes 3-2 to Descalso who then deposits the payoff pitch into left for a single. Runners on first and second, no one out.

1:38 PM: David Freese leads off the second with a double. Edwin Jackson floated it over the plate despite Kurt Suzuki wanting it outside. If his command is off, he can be beaten around like nobody’s business.

1:33 PM: Carpenter strikes out Morse to end the inning. Carpenter threw a lot of pitches that inning. He tends to settle down as games go on. The Nats missed a chance.

1:31 PM: Carpenter goes full count to LaRoche and he grounds to second. If it was any other runner there would have been no chance at all for a double play. LaRoche was safe at first, but because he’s slow as molasses out there, it was close. Runners on the corners, two out and Michael Morse at the plate.

1:26 PM: One out Werth on first, Ryan Zimmerman hits a slow grounder to third which David Freese muffed. Runners on first and second now and Adam LaRoche at the plate. It was too slow a ball for a double play, methinks, but there should be two out now.

1:25 PM: Bryce Harper nailed a ball to right which sounded like a homer off the bat but fell short for an out. The crowd almost exploded. When I was at Nats Park in August I noticed that, like a lot of places with relatively new fan bases, Nats fans tend to think every pop up is a potential homer.  The phenomenon is enhanced, I imagine, by all the playoff Nattitude flowing through the place.

1:23 PM: Costas notes that Davey Johnson is “a forward thinking guy.” Which is totally true and always has been. One thing I’ve hated to see this year is the lazy idea that Johnson is somehow some crusty old school guy simply because he’s old.  Nothing is further from the truth.

1:21 PM: Jayson Werth leads off the bottom of the first with a single to center. The crowd goes nuts. They’re really amped in Washington, you can tell. Probably all thrilled that their bosses gave them the day off.

1:20 PM: As I watch the 115th Captain Morgan commercial of the postseason, I will note that Michael Morse was impossibly slow getting to that double to left field. The ball stuck under the pad on the wall, and Morse was expecting a bounce. If he’s more spry about it, Holliday may not score.

1:15 PM: Matt Holliday singled and then Allen Craig doubled into the left field corner. Holliday scores. 1-0 Cardinals. Then Molina ground out, and the Nats are out of the top of the first.

1:13 PM: Second out of the first inning is a popup to Danny Espinosa at second. He fought the sun. It looks kinda brutal out there. Keep it in mind for later.

1:10 PM:  Joe West is the home plate umpire. Not all umpires get to ump in the postseason. It’s an honor and a reward for what MLB thinks is good work. Think about that. Joe West.

1:08 PM: I know we’re supposed to hate everything on the Internet, but I’m not gonna lie, I like the Bronson Arroyo/Aroldis Chapman Red Hooded Sweatshirt commercial. Laugh every time. I don’t care what you think of me.

1:06 PM: In case you missed it earlier, here are the lineups:

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS            WASHINGTON NATIONALS
1. Jon Jay, CF                 1. Jayson Werth, RF
2. Carlos Beltran, RF          2. Bryce Harper, CF
3. Matt Holliday, LF           3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
4. Allen Craig, 1B             4. Adam LaRoche, 1B
5. Yadier Molina, C            5. Michael Morse, LF
6. David Freese, 3B            6. Ian Desmond, SS
7. Daniel Descalso, 2B         7. Danny Espinosa, 2B
8. Pete Kozma, SS              8. Kurt Suzuki, C
9. Chris Carpenter, RHP        9. Edwin Jackson, RHP

1:00 PM: I forgot that we get Bob Costas for this broadcast. He’s so big now — hosts the Olympics and everything else — that it’s kind of jarring to hear him in a regular old baseball game, even a playoff game. I’ll say though — and I’m not being an NBC homer here, I’ve always thought it — that Costas was the best baseball play-by-play guy outside of the Valhalla in which Scully, Harwell and the like reside.

12:57 PM: Frank Robinson is about to throw out the first pitch. He’s accompanied by several members of the military. For there is no one short of that as badass as he is. Gotta love Frank.  Oh, and he threw a strike on the fly.

12:31 PM: Since Major League Baseball was so cruel and unethical to schedule the Nats first-ever home playoff game at 1PM, and since they put it on MLB Network, I realize that a lot of you guys can’t really see it.  In light of that, we’re doing you a solid and live-blogging it.

Seeing how much hell we’ve given the Nats this week, we promise to be equal opportunity trollers for this one.  I’ll admit it will be harder to troll the Cardinals without Tony La Russa around, but I’m sure we’ll think of something.  Suggestions in the comments, of course.

Be sure to hang out here once the game gets underway at 1:07PM Eastern. And that’s the case even if you think I’m gonna be mean to your team.  It beats workin’, right?

  1. goodellisruiningtheleague - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    There better be a live blog for the Giants and Reds as well

    • Craig Calcaterra - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:47 PM

      Or … what?

      • ajcardsfan - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:56 PM

        He’s going to give you cooties.

      • bigxrob - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:59 PM

        Typical Craig, Pro Nationals/Cards, Anti Reds/Giants

      • paperlions - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:15 PM

        See Craig, now you have something in common with Keith Law….fans from every team (with the possible exception of Atlanta) think you are biased against them…you are just a hating hater, living in his mothers basement, staring at spreadsheets, and being all jewwy looking (not that there is anything wrong with that….well, if you had a jew-fro, anyway).

  2. El Bravo - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Man, I can’t figure out what’s worse; whiny Nats fans with natitude stealing the division that the Braves own or the Cards that steal the Braves playoff chances every year. Either way, someone will win, which sucks. Whatever happened to the good ‘ol days when the Braves and Phils ruled the NL East and all talk about said division. Those were grand times I tells ya.

    [Place negative commentary below.]

    • greymares - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:05 PM

      RELAX it will be Braves/Phillies again next year I’m certainly not a fan of the cardinals, but come on Redbirds the national fans don’t deserve to advance. they didn’t show up to support this team and now they’re whining about traffic jams,

      • heyblueyoustink - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:30 PM

        Agreed totally. It turns out hard core Nationals fans are like Mogwais. Cute and harmless until you give them food after the end of the regular season. Then they turn green and gnarly and angry about everything, all gremlinish.

        For pete’s sake, just keep them away from water, the last thing we need is them multiplying.

    • marinersnate - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:54 PM

      “whiny Nats fans with natitude stealing the division that the Braves own”

      The Braves haven’t won the NL East since 2005. But they “own” that division. Um, ok.

  3. The Rabbit - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Public Service Announcement-
    As I noted yesterday, here in Brigadoon (part of Cardinals territory) the cable company does not offer the MLB Network. However, I was on the cable company website yesterday and found that it will reimburse subscribers who purchase the MLB postseason package to see the game(s).
    They have the link to MLB on the home page.

    • kiwicricket - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:24 PM

      The MLB Website is amazing. I have been emailing them for 2 months the exact same question. “Do I receive post season games on MLB TV”

      They replied each time thanking me for my question, promised they would respond ASAP, and thanked me for visiting MLB.com. Suggested I contact them on the telephone number.

      Been forwarding their replies in a loop back to them for the past month(telling them I cant ring, but a yes/no answer would suffice). It’s amusement for me now.
      It’s been in a loop almost 6 times now. I am hoping for 10 before the end of the season. Set goals!

      • papalurchdxb - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:36 PM

        International Subscribers to MLBTv get the postseason – sitting on my balcony watching it now!

      • kiwicricket - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:38 PM

        Nice, thanks for that.

  4. papalurchdxb - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    What’s all the fuss about? It’s a 9:07pm start time, the kids and the wife are asleep already – Go Nats! #MiddleEastBias

  5. kiwicricket - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    What seems to be lost in the red mist, is the overall presentation and fundamental broadcast. Looking at the matter holistically, it should be protested by the consumers and something done about it. But sadly, you guys(American consumers) are the ones funding things and have let things slip to levels where its almost impossible to counteract.

    Shitty upcoming movies interrupting a broadcast? WTF?? A billion ads squeezed in everywhere its humanly possible. You pay to view the Sport, is this not enough? I can’t even watch Football anymore.

    Other countries are slowly going this route, but a baseline stands at butchering live sport. Blacking out sport for local markets? People of other countries would just simply refuse to attend games. All leverage is lost when there are plenty of people to profit off still willing to pony up cash.

    I pay a good amount of money for ‘cable’ but receive EVERY post season MLB game. What seems odd/ridiculous is that I’m in Western Australia and I’m guessing perhaps 1000 people in the entire country would be watching it.

    It’s nit picking to complain about just this set of games. I think North American sports have been pillaged, altered and borderline dubiously molested to maximize profits, while you reap nothing in reward.

    You guys pay for the product, yet have almost zero say in the manner of which it is presented. Seems weird to me.

    May rant is officially over.

    • nolanwiffle - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:26 PM

      Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!! Good on ya, Mate! Well stated. If I could find Victoria Bitter here in the States, I’d hoist one in your hono(u)r.

      • cur68 - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:31 PM

        Yeah! AUSSIIEEEEEEEE!…..rofl

    • indaburg - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:29 PM

      We Americans have been trained very well from an early (this comment is being interrupted to bring you another Captain Morgan ad, drink responsibly, whatever the hell that means) age to accept (excuse me, sir, but if you have gray hair, this creepy dancing lothario baby has a message for you) that everything needs a corporate (wtf, red hooded sweatshirt and Aroldis Chapman?)… Oh, I give up.

    • cur68 - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:29 PM

      If there was a vegemite add you’d approve I bet.

      • kiwicricket - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:33 PM

        The world simply does not have enough Yeast spread. You got me.

      • papalurchdxb - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:38 PM

        Vegemite’s for wimps, get some Marmite in ya, that’ll put hairs on your chest son!

      • indaburg - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:39 PM

        Vegemite is proof that Satan exists. If I must have yeast, can you at least brew it first?

      • kiwicricket - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:40 PM

        Although, if you have to have a beer ad, this one isn’t bad.

        (Carlton Draught=terible beer though)

      • kiwicricket - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:42 PM

        It’s where else it puts hair which concerns me.

      • papalurchdxb - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:44 PM

        Depends where you spread it.

      • indaburg - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:48 PM

        Kiwi, that commercial was very funny and creative. It would never fly in the USA though. The girls are far too dressed, and there are NO explosions. You gotta have explosions.

  6. papichulo55 - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Nats lost great chance to get Carpenter off the mound! Wont get too many of those. Nats cant save anything, because the Cards would be a lock in a Game 5. Forget the stats, these are real people, each with different stress points. Experience DOES matter. Cards like vampires. Gotta put a stake in their heart, lol.

  7. cur68 - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Edwin Jackson pitched games are the BEST games. Anything could happen.

    • indaburg - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:43 PM

      So true. He may throw a one hitter and walk 11 and give up 6 runs. Or, he could give up 25 hits, and only give up 1 run.

      Oops. So much for that. Two runs.

      What’s the over-under on what team he ends up with next year?

    • atom55 - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:44 PM

      Pete Kozma just hit a 3 run home run to prove your point.

      He has a career .652 OPS in the minors.

      (While writing this, Chris Carpenter just got a base hit. He’s a career .118 hitter).

      • cur68 - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:46 PM

        Same Pete Kozma that knows how to deke an ump into an IF? That boy’s got some skillz I tell ya!

      • atom55 - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:56 PM

        I’m still terribly confused as to what was going through Kozma’s brain when that happened. It’s as though he thought the ball were made of lava for a split second and had to get out of the way as quickly as possible.

  8. papalurchdxb - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Ok, can someone please take the lead out of Morse’s boots.

  9. number42is1 - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    1:42 PM: Pete Kozma hits a three run homer! It’s 3-0 Cards. And Nats Park deflates, almost immediately.

    4-0 not 3-0

  10. theawesomersfranchise - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Mike Rizzo is one of the worst GM’s in baseball and that is a fact.
    Zero credit is deserved for the drafting of Stras and Harper while the drafting of Rendon and Lucas G had injury flags written of over the place. He signed Werth to that joke of a contract and while he got Gio, he paid through the nose to do so. What was my point again? Oh ya, sitting Stras at the end of the season rather than the start of the season, guy should be fired for stupidity.

    • nolanwiffle - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:05 PM

      You just posted this in the comments section of a live blog from Game 3 of the NLDS in which the Nationals are particpating. He seems to be meeting his objectives thus far.

    • indaburg - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:08 PM

      Take my hand and come off the ledge. It’s only 4 runs.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Oct 10, 2012 at 3:13 PM

        Werth is garbage
        Davey Johnson oozes baseballness and is a god
        And Rizzo is a fool

  11. tomtravis76 - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    What a treat to have Costas calling this game, makes it seem so much bigger.

  12. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    “Desmond is to the Nationals what Derek Jeter is to the Yankees.”

    All I can do is cringe and pretend I didn’t hear it (and I’m no Yankees fan).

  13. indaburg - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Jim Joyce really has trouble with those first base calls, huh?

  14. papichulo55 - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Carpenter with a big lead in the post-season? Blood’s in the water! Good to see the Cards defending their Championship. Good to have an opportunity of watching somebody trying to knock out the Champ to take the title.

  15. pdowdy83 - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Is this where Nationals fans are supposed to throw bottles, cans etc on the field because of a bad call?

  16. Francisco (FC) - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    After the double, Jackson goes 3-2 to Descalso who then deposits the payoff pitch into left for a single. Runners on first and second, no one out.

    I’m confused. Was Freeze napping at second base? Didn’t he advance to at least 3B?

    • Nick C - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:14 PM

      Yes Freese advanced to 3rd. Apparently it was Craig who was napping.

  17. xmatt0926x - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    It appears Edwin Jackson will have a very positive influence on the Cardinals postseason two years in a row……

  18. thebadguyswon - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    I bet Strasburg is really enjoying this. He’s counting down the days until he can leave.

  19. xmatt0926x - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    Jim Kaat does a pretty good job. He beats the color guys on TBS.

  20. allisonhagen - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Our next date is totes gonna be at DQ. Those chix strip baskets are good, I’m telling you.

    • indaburg - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:25 PM

      Great, now I’M hugry. Damn you.

  21. indaburg - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Craig, I guarantee you if you come to Tampa wearing Axe body spray (while waving some dollar dollar bills, y’alls) you will be accosted by a plethora of scandily clad beauties.

  22. number42is1 - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    man how awesome would it be to see Carp hit for the cycle

  23. cur68 - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Dang, left to walk the dog in the snow (yes, SNOW) and what do I see when I get back? The ridiculousness of Chris Carpenter hitting a double. Mind you he coped with Holliday’s hit better than Holliday did. This pitcher hitting thing, it has its moments.

    • Francisco (FC) - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:44 PM

      Do I sense wavering? hesitation? and odd sensation, that, you know, Pitchers batting is a GOOD thing?

      • cur68 - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:52 PM

        No. Just amazement like going to the zoo and seeing the gibbons using international sign language to indicate to the passing populace what they think of the captive zoo life. At first you think you’re seeing something wonderful and wholly appropriate, but then you realize they’re just flipping you off en-route to nose picking. Meaningful? Could be. Useful gesture? Ayep. But a true statement of ability? Not so much.

      • indaburg - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:52 PM

        It’s kind of like a monkey baking a cake. It’s cute and all, but you can’t expect all monkeys to bake a cake.

  24. cur68 - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Aaand the bases are loaded for MLB’s favourite mime. Hope he doesn’t bunt

    • cur68 - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:59 PM

      Of course he pops out…which is Mike Morse’s version of bunting, I guess.

  25. indaburg - Oct 10, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Carpenter is a post-season stud.

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