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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Cardinals allowed to win as wild Nationals mistake their way to 9-4 loss, fall to 5-16

This was a game which started out looking like a good old-fashioned slugfest. The Cardinals, led by All-Star first baseman Albert Pujols (arguably the best player in baseball) crushed a 2-run homer to open up the first inning, and then Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman answered that with one of his own in the bottom of the inning.

Nats starter Daniel Cabrera, despite establishing an ignominious team-record for wild pitches with four in the game, pitched well-enough to keep the Nats in the game.

The Nats even led, 4-3 at the end of the 6th inning, before the Cardinals tied it up in the 7th, 4-4. The 8th inning went scoreless, and the stage was set for a toe-to-toe battle in the 9th.

Then the wheels fell off of the proverbial bus.

The Nats allowed 11 walks the entire game, five by Daniel Cabrera and six by the bullpen. By the time Joel Hanrahan came in and BALKED the first batter he faced, not only had the wheels come off the bus, but the bus was in flames and plunging over the cliff.

Once again, the Nationals came into the 9th inning with a chance to win and...swooned. There's just no other way to look at it.

There is good news, though. Ryan Zimmerman extended his hitting streak to 19 games, and the month of April is now officially over.

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