Earlier today, we premised that the Shark was going to devour the Cardinals. We could not have been more right as the Nationals beat the Cardinals 7-4 in an extra inning affair.
The game started with a bang and ended with one. The Great Werth led off with a solo-shot. Then Tyler predicted that Shark would follow suit on Twitter:
AND HE DID! Just like that, Bernadina got his second home run of the year and the Nats were up 2-0. The pure adrenaline pumping through our veins as we watched that could have killed a large goat. During the 3 game series with the Cardinals (which began with a bang of its own...), the Shark totaled 6 hits, including 4 singles, a double, and a home run. I think it is fair to say the Shark is on fire. While the Shark did end 1 for 4, even his outs were hard hit. Berkman was caught "sharking up" during the game, which explains how he made a ridiculous play to rob the Shark of at least a double
In an attempt to impress the Shark after he impressed them, the game became a regular home run derby. Besides Werth and Shark, the following players hit homers: Holliday, Nix, Pujols, Molina, Espinosa (shockingly not Mako Morse after last night's showing).
The Loch Nix Monster's was especially impressive since immediately after he hit it, it started POURING on the stadium. The mythical powers of the Loch made the ball tear through a cloud in the sky. Of all the home runs, Nix did the best to impress Bernadina, knowing that the players in the Shark Tank (Mako Morse, The Great Werth, and The Shark) play better in their natural habitat of water. (On a side note, someone took Laynce Nix's nickname off Wikipedia...)
Luckily, the rain dissipated quickly so the game wasn't delayed. Unluckily, the Cardinals came back to tie the game in the top of the 9th and no one, not even the Shark, could wrap up the game in the bottom of that inning.
Sean Burnett pitched well in the top of the 10th, and Danny Espinosa decided the game had gone on long enough and hit a three run walk-off jack to right field. The best part was that Bernadina was impressed by Danny "the Kangaroo" Espinosa's hom erun so Daddy Desmond and The Shark kindly help him celebrate the victory:
|Look at that winning smile!|
The Nats swept this series, brought their winning streak up to six games, and moved into 4th place in the NL east. The Shark and the Nats are hungry. They've devoured the Cardinals and are getting ready for a second helping of bird with the Orioles coming to town tomorrow. We'll be at the game on Saturday, will you?
More to come.