The title says it all. Edwin Jackson missed his target in the 2nd inning, it turned into a 3-run homer (from a #8 hitter no-less) and that was more than enough offense than the Cards needed en route to peppering the Nats pitching staff for 8 runs and 14 hits in a game 3 romp 8-0. One mistake is all it took, but you can’t make a mistake middle-in with two guys on base to a professional hitter. There was no need to watch the game after the 5th inning; it was clear this team wasn’t going to get to Chris Carpenter nor whoever else the Cardinals brought in after he hit his pitch limit.
Where is the Nats offense? More to the point, where is all our clutch hitting? We had the lead-off hitter on three times; a runner on first with none out has an Run Expectancy of about .84; meaning we’d expect that runner to score 84% of the time. Instead we got 0 runs out of any of those situations. The team has to get something out of that bases-loaded first inning, has to get something out of the third inning rally. We went 0-8 with runners in scoring position, leaving 11 guys on base. Where is Adam LaRoche this series? Or Michael Morse? We need these middle-of-the-order guys to produce if we’re going to win games. The St. Louis #8 hitter was clutch yesterday; our guys havn’t been clutch (arguably) in 3 weeks.
It doesn’t matter if we still had Stephen Strasburg in the rotation if you don’t score runs. We’ve scored 7 runs in 3 games, four of which were essentially meaningless as we were getting killed in game 2. Meanwhile the Cards now stand at 22 runs and counting, an eerie repeat of the late September blasting we took in the 3-game series in St. Louis.
Ross Detwiler gets a shot in a do-or-die game tomorrow. Lets hope he finally gets some run support.