(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JOSH DUBOW AP Sports Writer Just ask the Oakland Athletics and Washington Nationals how much momentum means in the postseason.
Poised to ride the wave from Game 4 walkoff wins in the division series, the A's and Nationals were promptly thrown under water - Oakland by a brilliant start by Justin Verlander, Washington by a bullpen meltdown.
It happens every October, or at least seems to. Just when one team appears to have seized momentum with a dramatic comeback or frantic finish that leaves the other side devastated, the roles get reversed.
''For me, I don't really believe in that kind of stuff,'' St. Louis infielder David Freese said. ''We're all professionals here and you wake up the next day no matter what happened previously and you grind it out. ... As far as momentum, I think both teams just battle and you just play it out. And then if it doesn't work out one night you get a good night's sleep and you show...