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Cardinals continue to chip away against Nationals’ lead in Game 5

Oct 12, 2012, 11:18 PM EDT

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UPDATE: The Nationals currently lead the Cardinals 6-4 in Game 5 as we move to the bottom of the seventh inning.

Edwin Jackson was called on to pitch the top of the seventh and quickly walked Jon Jay before giving up a double to Carlos Beltran. Matt Holliday grounded out to shortstop to bring home Jay, but that’s all they could get. Jackson followed with a strike out of Allen Craig and worked around a walk to Yadier Molina before getting David Freese to strike out swinging.

The Cardinals have had their fair share of chances tonight, but they only have six outs left to work with.

10:33 PM: The Cardinals tacked on two more runs in the top of the fifth inning to bring the score to 6-3.

Gio Gonzalez completely unraveled in the fifth by giving up two hits and issuing three walks, including one to force in a run. He also threw a wild pitch to allow a run to score. The Cardinals had the chance for more, but Gonzalez got Yadier Molina to fly to to right field to leave the bases loaded.

10:08 PM: The Cardinals still have quite a hole to dig out of, but they have begun the process of chipping away at the Nationals’ lead.

Carlos Beltran led off the top of the fourth inning with a walk and was quickly brought home on a double down the left field line by Matt Holliday. The Cardinals had the chance for a much bigger inning, but Gio Gonzalez got Allen Craig to ground out to shortstop and Yadier Molina to fly out to right field before striking out David Freese to end the inning. Holliday was left stranded at third base.

The Nationals currently hold a 6-1 lead in the middle of the fourth inning.

  1. dondada10 - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Something cooking here in the top 5th. First and third, no outs.

    • indaburg - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:25 PM

      Johnson showing a lot of faith in Gonzalez. Bases loaded, 1 out, no one warming. Control looks shaky at best right mow. Let’s see if his faith pays off.

      • dondada10 - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:26 PM

        It’s backfiring pretty bad. Bases still loaded, 6-3 Nats.

  2. baloneyjohn - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Right. Must be Cards fans

  3. schlom - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    I expected expected Matthew Pouliet “Yadier choked” post with tons of indignation from angry Cardinals fans. Maybe tomorrow?

  4. lazlosother - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    Homer to lead off the eighth, and this one is getting interesting. 6-5 Nats.

  5. natsattack - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    This stress can’t be good for my health.

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