It was déjà vu for those brave enough to back the Nationals after Sunday night’s ninth-inning disaster. For the second straight night, Washington blew a late lead and lost in walk-off fashion.
Different park, same result. The Nationals’ bullpen has been so bad recently that their announcers have just stopped talking after opponent home runs (more on that shortly).
Washington bettors did get a boost in the top of the seventh inning when a Juan Soto two-run shot to left gave the Nationals a 4-2 lead. They then had a chance to add an insurance run in the top of the eighth with men on first and third with only one out. However, Paul DeJong not only robbed Bryce Harper of a hit with a beautiful stab, he also turned two to end the inning (more on DeJong later).
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St. Louis immediately cut into the 4-2 deficit in the home half of the eighth inning, as Jedd Gyorko led off the inning with a solo shot. The Cardinals then put two men on base with only one out for the scorching-hot Matt Carpenter. You can guess what happened next.
Absolute silence from Washington’s announcers after Carpenter’s three-run shot. They have simply had enough of their bullpen. But it gets even better.
Washington actually found a way to tie the game in the top of the ninth. That gave us another golden moment of silence after DeJong hit a walk-off homer to give the Cardinals their sixth straight win.
Who wants to bet the Nats tomorrow?