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Cardinals vs. Nationals, NLDS game 3 (Bottom 9)

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B9 - Joe Kelly comes in for the ninth and says hello and goodbye to Kurt Suzuki with a strikeout. Matt Carpenter, who came in to play third base at the start of the bottom of the ninth, was checked on with a grounder to his left. But he was up to the task and recorded the second out with a strong throw. Jayson Werth drew a walk 

T9 - David Freese made the first out on a grounder. Descalso struck out swinging and Kozma lined out to right to end the Cardinals' day at the plate. (unless there is an eight-run rally in the bottom of the inning.

B8 - Fernando Salas gets in with an 8-run lead and gives up a long fly ball to Michael Morse. But Carlos Beltran leaps and catches it in front of the right centerfield wall. Ian Desmond flies out with a can of corn to short right. Salas strikes out Dan Espinoza for the third out. 8-0 St. Louis.

T8 - Peter Kozma hit a lazy fly to right centerfield for the first out. Skip Schumaker pinch hit for Trevor Rosenthal after a scoreless 1 1/3 innings and grounded out to first. Jon Jay stroked a single to center. The Cardinals missed out on another run when Carlos Beltran roped a ball down the right field line that bounced over the wall for a ground rule double. With two outs, Jay should have scored easily if the ball stayed in the park. But the reprieve was temporary. Matt Holliday singled to left and drove home both Jay AND Beltran to conclude a 3-for-5 day and put St. Louis up 8-0. Craig walked. But Molina flied out to end the Cardinals eighth.

B7 - Manager Mike Matheny deviated a bit from the script, opting to leave Trevor Rosenthal in to start the seventh inning. Usually this is the sole territory of Edward Mujica. Bryce Harper grounds to first an then is narrowly beaten to the bag by Rosenthal. First base umpire got the call right, according to instant reply, avoiding his fourth wrong call of the game... So far. Rosenthal ate up Ryan Zimmerman for a strikeout. The pitcher fields a slow grounder to first as he fall across the first base foul like, tossing a submarine throw to Allen Craig for an easy out. Still 6-0 Cardinals through seven innings.

T7 - Jon Jay led off with a single to right field and Carlos Beltran made it first an second with no out with a bounder through the right side. Matt Holliday grounded out on a controversial call at first base to move the runners up. Allen Craig draws an intentional walk to bring up Yadier Molina. An unintentional walk makes the score 6-0. David Freese misses the chance to make things worse with a strikeout looking. Daniel Descalso struck out to end the inning with the bases loaded.

B6 - The Nationals get the lead-off man on base when a grounder gets under the glove of Peter Kozma. Carpenter retired Dan Espinoza by freezing him with a borderline inside pitch for the first out. After lobbying manager Mike Matheny to stay in the game during a meeting on the mound he got a medium pop-up for the second out. After falling behind 3-0, Carpenter gave up a full count single to Steve Lombardozzi and was removed from the game. Trever Rosenthal entered the game agaist Jayson Werth and retired him on a foul pop up to first base.

T6 - Yadier Molina gets on base as the first batter to face the Nationals bullpen when he's hit by a pitch on the upper arm. David Freese doubled off the right centerfield wall to make it second and third with no outs. Daniel Descalso hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Molina and make it 5-0. Kozma struck out with a runner at third and one out to allow the Nationals to keep breathing.

B5 - Roger Bernadino pinch hits for Edwin Jackson and flies out to right field. But Carpenter can't keep the bases clean when he walks Jayson Werth with one out. Bryce Harper popped up to shortstop but then Ryan Zimmerman collects another hit to make it first and third with two outs and the Nationals' best power hitter at the plate. Adam LaRoche walks and Michael Morse pops out to end the Nationals' best scoring chance so far.

T4 - Carpenter collects his second hit of the day with a double high off the wall in left field. It missed going out by two feet. Jon Jay sacrifice bunts Carpenter to third and Carlos Beltran drew a walk to set up a potential double play. Holliday grounded into a fielder's choice forceout at second base and Carpenter had to hold at third. Allen Craig strikes out to end the inning.

B4 - Carpenter gets Michael Morse to foul out to third but Ian Desmond doubled off the right centerfield wall with one out. Danny Espinoza pops out to short left. Kurt Suzuki flies out to deep centerfield to end the inning -- and keep Edwin Jackson in the game for one more inning.

T4 - Edwin Jackson has certainly settled down. He got David Freese on a strikeout, got Daniel Descalso to try to muscle up again for a long fly to right field and then he whiffed Pete Kozma. I hope the Redbirds don't end up wishing they got some more.

B3 - The Cardinals avoid letting the lead-off man get on for a third inning in a row when Carlos Beltran makes a running, shoestring catch on a Jayson Werth pop up. Bryce Harper flied out to medium left for the second out. But a quick inning is prevented when Ryan Zimmerman singles to right. Carpenter gets Adam LaRoche to fly to center to keep the score 4-0 in favor of St. Louis.

T3 - Matt Holliday leads off the third with his second single of the day. Allen Craig hit a hard liner just foul but then struck out. And suddenly the booing Nationals fans are cheering wildly for Edwin Jackson. Yadier Molina, who has an average about .500 against his former teammate hits into a double play to end the threat.

B2 - The Nats get their lead-off man on for the second straight inning with an 0-2 flair to right. Then they get the benefit of the doubt on a close play at first on another ball bobbled by Freese. Carpenter gets a grounder to third for the second out. Starter Edwin Jackson, who drew boos for his early mound struggles, stayed in the game to bat for himself despite being down four runs. He popped out to short to draw boos again.

T2 - David Freese ripped a ball into left field to start off the second with a double. Daniel Descalso singled and then rookie shortstop Pete Kozma hit a no doubter three-run homer to put St. Louis up 4-0.

B1 - Chris Carpenter struggled to hit his spots in the first inning. And then he wasn't helped out by his defense. He gave up a line drive single to Jason Werth to start the game and then got Bryce Harper to fly out to deep right. Ryan Zimmerman trickled a ball to third and David Freese booted an easy out to make things hard on the ace. The Cardinals narrowly missed a 4-6-3 to end the inning. With two out and runners at the corners. Carpenter rallies to strike out Michael Morse. The Cardinals lead 1-0. But the ace had to throw a ton of pitches.

T1 - The Cardinals have staged a two-out rally against Edwin Jackson with a line drive single hit by Matt Holliday followed by an RBI double into the left field corner from Allen Craig. St. Louis leads 1-0 in the middle of the first.

The Redbirds need to get off to a fast start with Chris Carpenter on the mound in front of a hostile crowd in Washington.

Lance Lynn is unavailable for relief, according to manager Mike Matheny. So the club really needs six innings from Carpener to get to Edward Mujica in the seventh.