Welcome to MASN’s live thread for tonight’s Nationals-Cardinals game at Busch Stadium. I’m watching from home, but I’ll have updates and analysis throughout the game, and whether you’re just watching the game on TV or following online, you can participate by commenting in this thread. Or, if you’re on Twitter, you can tag tweets with #masnnats, and they’ll be included in the chat.
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Thru 3: The Nationals are down 4-0 to the Cardinals, and all of that started with a two-out walk Craig Stammen issued in the first inning. Stammen walked Matt Holliday after retiring the first two hitters he faced, putting a runner on base for Albert Pujols (To review: That’s a bad idea. Always.). Pujols made him pay with a single, and the Cardinals followed with three more base hits, including a David Freese triple that brought in two runs. Stammen gave up a hit in the second and third innings, but no more runs. But the two-out walk couldn’t have come at a worse time. And in the first inning, the Nationals got caught stealing for the league-leading 17th time this season, with Yadier Molina gunning down leadoff hitter Willie Harris at second. This one has turned ugly quick, and with former Cy Young winner Chris Carpenter pitching for the Cardinals tomorrow night, the Nats could be staring at a five-game losing streak if they’re not careful.
Thru 6: Stammen has settled down, helped by a couple of impressive running catches at the wall by Roger Bernadina - including one that saved a homer in the sixth inning. But the Nationals have just two runs off Kyle Lohse, despite their ability to make him work. They stranded Bernadina at third with none out in the fifth inning, and trail 4-2.