Originally posted on The Cardinal Nation blog  |  Last updated 9/30/12
The St. Louis Cardinals’ Saturday night loss to the Washington Nationals in extra innings was disappointing. After all, it was the team’s 12th defeat in 18 games that went beyond nine innings this season. Further, the Los Angeles Dodgers won their game against Colorado, their fourth victory in a row. That pulled them to within two games of St. Louis for the second National League wild card with four games remaining. Still, the Cardinals Saturday loss may not have been their most damaging defeat this season. That could have been in Los Angeles back on September 15, the third of a four-game series. Jason Motte took over in the ninth, trying to protect a 3-2 lead for Jaime Garcia, and retired his first two batters faced. Three straight hits later, Motte walked off the Dodger Stadium mound with a blown save and loss. LA moved into a brief tie with St. Louis for the second wild card. Despite the Cardinals taking the final game of the series the next day, additional damage had already b...
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