St. Louis 12, Washington 4

Boxscore | Recap
Monday, October 8, 2012 4:30 PM
Location - Busch Stadium
Temperature - 61°
Umpires - Home Plate - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Jim Joyce, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez, Left Field - Ed Hickox, Right Field - Paul Emmel
Attendance - 45840

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Washington 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 4 10 2
St. Louis 0 4 1 2 0 1 0 4 12 13 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Washington 98-64 50-31 48-33 L1
St. Louis 88-74 50-31 38-43 W1


Cardinals 12, Nationals 4:
Carlos Beltran homered twice and Allen Craig and Daniel Descalso each added a solo blast as host St. Louis broke through early and evened the National League Division Series at one game apiece.

Jon Jay chipped in three RBIs to go along with stellar defense in center field and David Freese doubled in a run during a four-run second inning for the Cardinals, who got seven strong frames from the bullpen. The series shifts to Washington for Game 3 on Wednesday.

St. Louis turned the game in the second inning. Freese’s double tied it and Descalso put the Cardinals ahead with a single to right. Manager Mike Matheny made the decision to replace struggling starter Jaime Garcia with pinch hitter Skip Schumaker, who kept the rally going with an RBI groundout before Jay’s single made it 4-1.

Garcia allowed one run, two hits, walked three and struck out three. He was replaced by Lance Lynn (1-0), who struck out five and surrendered two runs on three hits in three innings to pick up the win.

Jordan Zimmermann (0-1) lasted only three innings for the Nationals, allowing five runs on seven hits. Craig provided the lowlight for Zimmermann, sending a third-inning solo home run off the facing of the third deck down the left field line.

Descalso added his solo shot in a two-run fifth inning and Beltran went to the same spot as Craig in the sixth, blasting a line drive off the third deck. Beltran put it away in the eighth, sending a two-run blast into the bleachers in left off Sean Burnett.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche hit back-to-back solo homers off Lynn in the fifth inning. … Neither team recorded an extra-base hit in Game 1, the first time that had happened in a postseason contest since 1999. They combined for 11 extra-base hits Monday. … Zimmermann fell to 0-3 with a 9.73 ERA in six career starts against St. Louis. … Edwin Jackson is scheduled to start for the Nationals on Wednesday opposite Chris Carpenter.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Washington   St. Louis
Jordan Zimmermann Player Jaime Garcia
Loss W/L No Decision
3.0 IP 2.0
2 Strikeouts 3
7 Hits 2
15.00 ERA 4.50
Washington   St. Louis
Ryan Zimmerman Player Allen Craig
2 Hits 3
2 RBI 1
1 HR 1
5 TB 7
.500 Avg .600

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Washington 10 2 17 .286 18 11 4 4 0 2
St. Louis 13 4 30 .371 13 6 11 5 1 0

Upcoming Games

  • St. Louis will play their next game on the road against Washington. The Cardinals have a W/L % of .540 after a win and .547 after a loss.
  • Washington will play their next game at home against St. Louis. The Nationals have a W/L % of .598 after a win and .615 after a loss.
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