After a heartbreaking 8-0 loss in Game 3 of the National League Division Series to the Cardinals, the Nationals bounced back nicely for a 2-1 win in Game 4.
Pitching has been the Achilles heel for the Nats all postseason, but starting pitcher Ross Detwiler provided some stability to the pitching staff. Though the Nats never had a hit with a runner in scoring position, Jayson Werth hit the game-winning home run in the bottom of the ninth with no outs. With the win, the Nationals forced a Game 5 with the Cardinals to decide the winner, who will play the Giants in the National League Championship Series.
Here’s a roundup of what other media outlets are saying about Game 4 of the NLDS between the Nationals and Cardinals.
* Hillel Kuttler of the New York Times profiles MASN’s play-by-play man, Bob Carpenter and his sister, Judy Barada, an executive with the Cardinals.
* David Schoenfield of ESPN’s The Sweet Spot says Werth’s homer could not have come at a better time, with the Nats struggling with only three hits on the day.
* Thomas Boswell of The Washington Post says though it was the second playoff game this season in D.C., Game 4 was the first real playoff game at home for the Nationals.
* Anthony DiComo of MLB.com says with the Nats Game 4 win, Gio Gonzalez gets a chance at redemption after an uncharacteristic Game 1 start.
* Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post’s D.C. Sports Blog writes that the atmosphere of Nats Park was like a Caps game, according to Werth himself.
* Tyler Kepner of the New York Times writes how Werth has been waiting for a game-winning postseason hit since he was five years old.
* Rick Snider of The Examiner says though Werth has a hefty contract, he has been worth every penny.
* Dan Daly of the Washington Times says the beauty of sports is that anything can happen at any moment.
* Lyle Spencer of MLB.com says even though the Cardinals are facing elimination on Friday, it’s nothing new.
* Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Cards shortstop Pete Kozma had a tough road to the majors, but he’s finally proving his value to the team in the postseason.