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Sport Three takeaways from Nationals' Game 2 NLCS win over the Cardinals

02:35  13 october  2019
02:35  13 october  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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The Nationals are fully in control of the National League Championship Series after taking down the Cardinals 3-1 to go up two games to none heading Even in St. Louis' 13-1 win in Game 5 of the Braves in the NLDS the Cardinals had their struggles. They failed to tally a single hit over the final

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Max Scherzer didn't give up a hit until the seventh inning while Adam Eaton plated two with a double in the top of the eighth to all but put the game away.

BOX SCORE: NATIONALS 3, CARDINALS 1

Now, the Nationals send another ace to the mound in Stephen Strasburg who is coming off of two great starts against the Dodgers in the NLDS.

The Cardinals will counter with their ace Jack Flaherty.

Three takeaways from Nationals' Game 2 NLCS win over the Cardinals

Where has all the hitting gone?

The Cardinals have forgotten how to hit. There's no nicer way to put it. It took St. Louis 7 2/3 innings in Game 1 to get a hit and they had just one in nine innings. Then in Game 2 on Saturday, they took six innings to get their first hit once again. But the failures don't stop there. Even in St. Louis' 13-1 win in Game 5 of the Braves in the NLDS the Cardinals had their struggles. They failed to tally a single hit over the final five innings of that game.

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Now, the question here is, should we have seen this coming? That's a hard declaration to make. However, St. Louis was 23rd in MLB in hits and batting average this season and 19th in runs scored. Hitting was not the team's strong suit, so they were bound to have some struggles against a Nationals team that was eighth in baseball in hits allowed and seventh in opponents' on-base percentage.

But one thing the Cardinals can hang their hat on is they are not alone in not being able to hit Max Scherzer in Anibal Sanchez. While going five innings over the first two games of a postseason series is bad, the Red Sox did the same thing in the 2013 ALCS against the Tigers, according to ESPN Stats and Info. What's amazing about that though is it was the same two pitchers in Scherzer and Sanchez. You can't make this stuff up.

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Second inning ( Nationals 1, Cardinals 0): The Nationals had gotten almost nothing from their catching position so Aníbal Sánchez is cruising and somewhat following the model established by the Braves against the Cardinals in Game 2 of the NLDS. The Nationals ’ first NLCS was about to begin.

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Michael A. Taylor was supposed to be the Nationals' next big thing a little more than five years ago, but injuries and poor performance got him passed up by Victor Robles. But with Robles' injury in the NLDS this year, Taylor was thrust into a starting role and boy did he make use of it in Game 2. Taylor smacked a home run off of Adam Wainwright in the third inning to open up the scoring and give the Nationals some early confidence on the road.

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He went 2 for 4 in the game. And yes, he made a defensive mistake in the bottom of the eighth but it ultimately didn't hurt the team too bad.

Taylor also was a mini hero at the end of the NLDS when he made a wonderful diving catch to end the series. Taylor might not be getting paid $200 million when he possibly becomes a free agent after the 2020 season, but this performance could earn him a decent payday when he gets his chance.

Turn back the clock

To say Adam Wainwright's performance this postseason has been a revelation is far from hyperbole. After tossing 7 2/3 innings of shutout ball in Game 3 of the NLDS, he turned around and worked into the eighth inning again in Game 2 of the NLCS on Saturday.

This is the guy who was throwing 83 mph when coming back from a rash of injuries over the last few years. He's the guy who 28 innings in 2015, 40 1/3 innings in 2018 and 123 1/3 innings in 2017. He is 38 years old. And while he was OK this year breaking the 170-inning mark and posting an ERA of 4.19, it's pretty fair to ask where this came from?

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Howie Kendrick had three doubles and three RBIs in the Nationals ' 8-1 victory over the Cardinals in Washington.

The Brewers forced a Game 7 with their win over the Dodgers on Friday. There will be a Game 7 in the National League Championship Series . Milwaukee took down the Dodgers 7- 2 on Friday after a four-run first inning and five total runs in the first two innings off of Los Angeles starter Hyun-Jin Ryu.

But we're not complaining. This was a reminder of the guy who struck out Carlos Beltran to send the Cardinals to the World Series and the man who was on the mound when St. Louis beat the Tigers to clinch a championship. This has been fun to watch and we're here to thank Mr. Wainwright because we enjoyed every minute.

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