Originally posted on The Cardinal Nation blog  |  Last updated 1/10/13
The highlight of the St. Louis Cardinals 2012 season had to be their stirring comeback win over the Washington Nationals in the five-game National League Division Series. Due to the compressed schedule caused by the addition of the second wild card, the best-of-five National League Division Series had a one-time change in format. The lower-seeded team hosted the first two games, with the final three at the home of the higher-seeded club. Busch Stadium was the site of the opener between the Cardinals and the East Division champion Washington Nationals, the team with MLB’s best regular season record, with 98 wins. The Cardinals led 2-1 before Pete Kozma’s eighth-inning error lead to a pair of unearned runs in Washington’s 3-2 win. Adam Wainwright struck out 10 in 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision. Carlos Beltran hit the last two of the Cardinals’ four home runs as ineffective Jordan Zimmermann took the loss in Game 2. The 12-4 rout of the Nationals tied the series at one game apiece....
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