The Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals kicked off Game 2 of their best-of-seven NLCS on Saturday afternoon at Busch Stadium. The Nationals took Game 1 on Friday night behind a stellar outing from Anibal Sanchez, and they turned to ace Max Scherzer on Saturday. Adam Wainwright is on the mound for the Cardinals as they try to avoid an 0-2 hole before the series shifts to Washington D.C.
First pitch came shortly after 4 p.m. and the game can be streamed on fuboTV (Try for free).
Michael A. Taylor gave the Nationals a 1-0 lead in the third inning with a towering solo homer to left field. It was only the second hit allowed by Wainwright. Scherzer, meanwhile, had allowed just one baserunner (on a walk) through two innings. Follow along below for live updates from Game 2.
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Game 1 brought us lots of pitching, most notably Anibal Sanchez going 7 2/3 innings without giving up a hit. The Nationals took Game 1 without using any of their three aces and that’s been the major story.
For Game 2, Max Scherzer gets the ball for the Nats. As such, the Nationals are the favorite, and if they do win, they are overwhelmingly likely to head to the World Series. The road team taking the first two games in a seven-game series is 23-3 in MLB history.
Adam Wainwright is looking to flip the script, though. The 38-year-old righty with an old-school, “12-to-6” curveball was exceptional (7 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 8 K) in his NLDS outing and has a 2.79 ERA in 96 2/3 career postseason innings. Don’t count out him outdueling Scherzer.
Something else to watch in this one is how much the ball was not carrying in Game 1 in the all-of-a-sudden cold air in St. Louis. It was 45 degrees after a cold front moved in, and several balls that looked like home runs were completely knocked down.