On Thursday, the St. Louis Cardinals missed a chance to clinch their National League Division Series, losing Game 4 to Washington by a 2-1 score. The walkoff hit was a home run by the Nationals’ Jayson Werth off Lance Lynn, ruining an excellent pitching performance by Kyle Lohse.
Both teams finished the day with just three hits. Cardinals hitters struck out 10 times, including eight of their final nine outs.
It was the 209th post-season game in Cardinals team history. Prior to this series, the Cards were restricted to three or fewer hits just 12 times in 205 tries.
Now, it has happened twice in four games, both one-run defeats.
In the 3-2 Game 1 loss to the Nationals at Busch Stadium, the offense also managed just three hits.
Their Game 2 and 3 wins provide a huge contrast. In those contests, the club’s feast-or-famine offense collected 13 and 14 hits, respectively.
That’s right. 27 hits and 20 runs in the two wins compared to just six hits and three runs in total in the two loss...