The crowd was nervous before the national cameras panned Nats Park. But once the light was switched on, the Nats fans were at full throat for much of the game. There wasn't much offense to cheer for. Ross Detwiler pitched a beauty. He relinquished one run in 6 innings and that run wouldn't have crossed the plate without an Ian Desmond error.
Adam LaRoche stroked a line drive over the center field wall in the bottom of the second. The Nats only had one other hit in the first eight innings of the game. For their part, the Cardinals only had three hits in nine innings. Davey Johnson pitched Jordan Zimmermann in the 7th and he fanned all three batters he faced. Tyler Clippard struckout three of the four he faced in the 8th. Drew Storen had two Ks in the 9th.
Jayson Werth led off the bottom of the 9th in a 1-1 game against Lance Lynn. Werth battled hard, working the count full and fouling off a number of pitches. Lynn's 13th pitch to Werth was smoked over the left field wall. DC exploded in a display of joy and relief. The stadium buzzed for over ten minutes after the homerun. Shouts of ecstasy rang in the ears off all who witnessed the game.
The Nats won 2-1 to tie the series at 2. One game will decide the series tomorrow.