Jordan Zimmermann excels in relief

Game 2 starter dominates inning

  • Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (28) jumps for joy before he crosses the plate with a ninth-inning walk-off home run to give the Nats a 2-1 win in Game 4 of the National League Division Series, evening the series at 2-2, between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (28) jumps for joy before he crosses the plate with a ninth-inning walk-off home run to give the Nats a 2-1 win in Game 4 of the National League Division Series, evening the series at 2-2, between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)
  • Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (28) hits a walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (28) hits a walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (28) jumps for joy before he crosses the plate with a ninth-inning walk-off home run to give the Nats a 2-1 win in Game 4 of the National League Division Series, evening the series at 2-2, between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (28) jumps for joy before he crosses the plate with a ninth-inning walk-off home run to give the Nats a 2-1 win in Game 4 of the National League Division Series, evening the series at 2-2, between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)
  • Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (28) hits a walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (28) hits a walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (28) hits a walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (28) hits a walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (28) jumps for joy before he crosses the plate with a ninth-inning walk-off home run to give the Nats a 2-1 win in Game 4 of the National League Division Series, evening the series at 2-2, between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (28) jumps for joy before he crosses the plate with a ninth-inning walk-off home run to give the Nats a 2-1 win in Game 4 of the National League Division Series, evening the series at 2-2, between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (11), center, and his teammates celebrate as Jayson Werth (28) hits a walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (11), center, and his teammates celebrate as Jayson Werth (28) hits a walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (28) celebrates with teammates after hitting a walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (28) celebrates with teammates after hitting a walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (28) celebrates with teammates after hitting a walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (28) celebrates with teammates after hitting a walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Fans celebrate as Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (28) hits a walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Fans celebrate as Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (28) hits a walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)
  • Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (27) strikes out the side in the seventh inning during Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (27) strikes out the side in the seventh inning during Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)
  • Cardinals players an manager Mike Methany talk with starting pitcher Kyle Lohse (26) during Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012.(Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)Cardinals players an manager Mike Methany talk with starting pitcher Kyle Lohse (26) during Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012.(Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)
  • Fans battle for Jayson Werth's batting glove after the outfielder hit a solo walk off home run in the ninth inning to give the Nationals a 2-1 win in Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)Fans battle for Jayson Werth's batting glove after the outfielder hit a solo walk off home run in the ninth inning to give the Nationals a 2-1 win in Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)
  • A fan reacts to a Drew Storen pitch being called a ball in the ninth inning of Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)A fan reacts to a Drew Storen pitch being called a ball in the ninth inning of Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)
  • Nats fans cheer as Drew Storen strikes out a Cardinal in the ninth inning of  Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)Nats fans cheer as Drew Storen strikes out a Cardinal in the ninth inning of Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)
  • A fan reacts to a Drew Storen pitch being called a ball in the ninth inning of Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)A fan reacts to a Drew Storen pitch being called a ball in the ninth inning of Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Nationals players go nuts as right fielder Jayson Werth (28) rounds  with a ninth-inning walk-off home run to give the Nats a 2-1 win in Game 4 of the National League Division Series, evening the series at 2-2, between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)Washington Nationals players go nuts as right fielder Jayson Werth (28) rounds with a ninth-inning walk-off home run to give the Nats a 2-1 win in Game 4 of the National League Division Series, evening the series at 2-2, between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)
  • Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (28) hits a solo walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth-inning to give the Nats a 2-1 win in Game 4 of the National League Division Series, and pull them even, 2-2, in the series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (28) hits a solo walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth-inning to give the Nats a 2-1 win in Game 4 of the National League Division Series, and pull them even, 2-2, in the series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (28) hits a solo walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth-inning to give the Nats a 2-1 win in Game 4 of the National League Division Series, and pull them even, 2-2, in the series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012.(Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (28) hits a solo walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth-inning to give the Nats a 2-1 win in Game 4 of the National League Division Series, and pull them even, 2-2, in the series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012.(Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • A Nats fan shows the tension of a 1-1 tie game in the ninth inning of Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)A Nats fan shows the tension of a 1-1 tie game in the ninth inning of Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)
  • Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)
  • Cardinals players disperse after meeting on the mound with starting pitcher Kyle Lohse (26) during Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)Cardinals players disperse after meeting on the mound with starting pitcher Kyle Lohse (26) during Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)
  • Cardinals players an manager Mike Methany talk with starting pitcher Kyle Lohse (26) during Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012.(Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Cardinals players an manager Mike Methany talk with starting pitcher Kyle Lohse (26) during Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012.(Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • A Nats fan is the face of the tension of a 1-1 extra inning game in Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)A Nats fan is the face of the tension of a 1-1 extra inning game in Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (27) strikes out the side in the seventh inning during Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012.  (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (27) strikes out the side in the seventh inning during Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (27) strikes out the side in the seventh inning during Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012.  (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (27) strikes out the side in the seventh inning during Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Bryce Harper shows his disappointment at striking out in the bottom of the sixth inning during Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Bryce Harper shows his disappointment at striking out in the bottom of the sixth inning during Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)
  • Fans cheer as Washington Nationals relief pitcher Tyler Clippard (36) reacts after striking out the side in the eight inning of Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Fans cheer as Washington Nationals relief pitcher Tyler Clippard (36) reacts after striking out the side in the eight inning of Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Nationals relief pitcher Tyler Clippard (36) reacts after striking out the side in the eight inning of Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Nationals relief pitcher Tyler Clippard (36) reacts after striking out the side in the eight inning of Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa (8) throws to first after missing a force play at second base in Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa (8) throws to first after missing a force play at second base in Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Nationals left fielder Michael Morse (38) strikes out to end the fourth inning of Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Nationals left fielder Michael Morse (38) strikes out to end the fourth inning of Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • A ball girl give a ball to a young fan in the fifth inning as the Washington Nationals play the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)A ball girl give a ball to a young fan in the fifth inning as the Washington Nationals play the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma (38) is congratulated by teammates after he scored from third base on a sacrifice fly by Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran (3) to tie the game 1-1 during Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012.Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012.  (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma (38) is congratulated by teammates after he scored from third base on a sacrifice fly by Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran (3) to tie the game 1-1 during Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012.Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Nationals center fielder Bryce Harper (34) throws home too late on a sacrifice fly ball hit by Cardinals' Carlos Beltran (3) which scores Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma (38) from third base to tie the game 1-1 during Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012.Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Nationals center fielder Bryce Harper (34) throws home too late on a sacrifice fly ball hit by Cardinals' Carlos Beltran (3) which scores Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma (38) from third base to tie the game 1-1 during Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012.Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran (3) hits a sacrifice fly to center field which scores Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma (38) from third base to tie the game 1-1 during Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012.Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran (3) hits a sacrifice fly to center field which scores Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma (38) from third base to tie the game 1-1 during Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012.Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche (25) tags out Cardinals starting pitcher Kyle Lohse (26) on a third inning sacrifice bunt during Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche (25) tags out Cardinals starting pitcher Kyle Lohse (26) on a third inning sacrifice bunt during Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • The Teddy Roosevelt racing president wins again during
Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)The Teddy Roosevelt racing president wins again during Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Erik Sullivan and his son, Timmy Sullivan, 8, of Arlington, Va., wave their rally towels during the first inning of Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)Erik Sullivan and his son, Timmy Sullivan, 8, of Arlington, Va., wave their rally towels during the first inning of Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)
  • Fans go wild as Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche (25) is congratulated by teammates after his solo home-run in the bottom of the second inning to give the Nats a 1-0 lead inGame 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)Fans go wild as Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche (25) is congratulated by teammates after his solo home-run in the bottom of the second inning to give the Nats a 1-0 lead inGame 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)
  • Timmy Sullivan, 8, of Arlington, Va., waves his rally towels during the first inning of Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)Timmy Sullivan, 8, of Arlington, Va., waves his rally towels during the first inning of Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)
  • Fans wave their rally towels as the Nationals take the field for Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)Fans wave their rally towels as the Nationals take the field for Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)
  • Nationals fans file into Nationals Park for Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)Nationals fans file into Nationals Park for Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)
  • Nationals fans file into Nationals Park for Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)Nationals fans file into Nationals Park for Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)
  • Nationals fans file into Nationals Park for Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)Nationals fans file into Nationals Park for Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)
  • Nationals fans file into Nationals Park for Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)Nationals fans file into Nationals Park for Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)
  • Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche (25) is congratulated by teammates after his solo home-run in the bottom of the second inning to give the Nats a 1-0 lead inGame 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012.  Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche (25) is congratulated by teammates after his solo home-run in the bottom of the second inning to give the Nats a 1-0 lead inGame 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche (25) is congratulated by teammates after his solo home-run in the bottom of the second inning to give the Nats a 1-0 lead inGame 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012.  Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche (25) is congratulated by teammates after his solo home-run in the bottom of the second inning to give the Nats a 1-0 lead inGame 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche (25) is congratulated by Nationals left fielder Michael Morse (38) after his solo home-run in the bottom of the second inning to give the Nats a 1-0 lead inGame 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012.  Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012.(Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche (25) is congratulated by Nationals left fielder Michael Morse (38) after his solo home-run in the bottom of the second inning to give the Nats a 1-0 lead inGame 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012.(Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche (25) rounds the bases after his solo home-run in the bottom of the second inning to give the Nats a 1-0 lead inGame 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012.  Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche (25) rounds the bases after his solo home-run in the bottom of the second inning to give the Nats a 1-0 lead inGame 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche (25) hits a solo home-runof of St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Kyle Lohse (26) in the bottom of the second inning to give the Nats a 1-0 in Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012.(Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche (25) hits a solo home-runof of St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Kyle Lohse (26) in the bottom of the second inning to give the Nats a 1-0 in Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012.(Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (11) strikes out to end the bottom of the first inning during Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (11) strikes out to end the bottom of the first inning during Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche (25) rounds the bases after his solo home-run in the bottom of the second inning to give the Nats a 1-0 lead inGame 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012.  (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche (25) rounds the bases after his solo home-run in the bottom of the second inning to give the Nats a 1-0 lead inGame 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)
  • Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche (25) rounds the bases after his solo home-run in the bottom of the second inning to give the Nats a 1-0 lead inGame 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche (25) rounds the bases after his solo home-run in the bottom of the second inning to give the Nats a 1-0 lead inGame 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)
  • St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay (19) watches a solo home-run by Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche (25) clear the wall in the bottom of the second inning to give the Nats a 1-0 lead in Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay (19) watches a solo home-run by Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche (25) clear the wall in the bottom of the second inning to give the Nats a 1-0 lead in Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)
  • Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche (25) hits a solo home-runof of St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Kyle Lohse (26) in the bottom of the second inning to give the Nats a 1-0 in Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche (25) hits a solo home-runof of St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Kyle Lohse (26) in the bottom of the second inning to give the Nats a 1-0 in Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)
  • Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)
  • Former Washington Senators great Frank Howard throws out the ceremonial first pitch to Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman before Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012.  (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)Former Washington Senators great Frank Howard throws out the ceremonial first pitch to Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman before Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)
  • Nationals manager Davey Johnson greets former Washington Senators great Frank Howard throws out the ceremonial first pitch beforeGame 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)Nationals manager Davey Johnson greets former Washington Senators great Frank Howard throws out the ceremonial first pitch beforeGame 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)
  • Manager Davey Johnson and the Nationals listen to the National Anthem before Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)Manager Davey Johnson and the Nationals listen to the National Anthem before Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)
  • Washington Nationals starting pitcher Ross Detwiler (48) takes the field for Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)Washington Nationals starting pitcher Ross Detwiler (48) takes the field for Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)
  • Former Washington Senators great Frank Howard throws out the ceremonial first pitch to Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman before Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Former Washington Senators great Frank Howard throws out the ceremonial first pitch to Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman before Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Bryce Harper watches Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman fist bump teammates before the start of Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Bryce Harper watches Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman fist bump teammates before the start of Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Fans wave their Natitude rally towels as the players are introduced before Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Fans wave their Natitude rally towels as the players are introduced before Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Nationals center fielder Bryce Harper (34),  shortstop Ian Desmond (20) and first baseman Adam LaRoche (25) wait to take the field before Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Nationals center fielder Bryce Harper (34), shortstop Ian Desmond (20) and first baseman Adam LaRoche (25) wait to take the field before Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Aiden Bayne, 3, waves his rally towel as he arrives for Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)Aiden Bayne, 3, waves his rally towel as he arrives for Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)
  • Cal Banasvewski [cq], 3, eats popcorn while waiting to watch his first ever Nationals game; Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)Cal Banasvewski [cq], 3, eats popcorn while waiting to watch his first ever Nationals game; Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)
  • The Washington Nationals warm up in the outfield before playing the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)The Washington Nationals warm up in the outfield before playing the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • The Washington Nationals warm up before playing the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)The Washington Nationals warm up before playing the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • The Washington Nationals warm up before playing the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)The Washington Nationals warm up before playing the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizo before the Washington Nationals play the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizo before the Washington Nationals play the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizo, left, talks with owner Mark Lerner, right, before the Washington Nationals play the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizo, left, talks with owner Mark Lerner, right, before the Washington Nationals play the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizo, left, talks with owner Mark Lerner, right, before the Washington Nationals play the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizo, left, talks with owner Mark Lerner, right, before the Washington Nationals play the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (28) celebrates with teammates after hitting a walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (28) celebrates with teammates after hitting a walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (28) heads to the locker room after hitting a walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (28) heads to the locker room after hitting a walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • A fan holds up a poster as Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (28) hits a walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)A fan holds up a poster as Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (28) hits a walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki (24) dodges an errant ball to be walked in the eight inning as the Washington Nationals play the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki (24) dodges an errant ball to be walked in the eight inning as the Washington Nationals play the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese (23) reacts as he is struck out in the 9th inning as the Washington Nationals play the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese (23) reacts as he is struck out in the 9th inning as the Washington Nationals play the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond (20) reacts on a ball at the plate in the ninth inning as the Washington Nationals play the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond (20) reacts on a ball at the plate in the ninth inning as the Washington Nationals play the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Fans cheer on Washington Nationals relief pitcher Drew Storen (22) as he pitches at the top of the ninth inning as the Washington Nationals play the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Fans cheer on Washington Nationals relief pitcher Drew Storen (22) as he pitches at the top of the ninth inning as the Washington Nationals play the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond (20) makes a diving catch on a ball popped up by St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Carpenter (13) for the final out of the top of the ninth inning as the Washington Nationals play the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond (20) makes a diving catch on a ball popped up by St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Carpenter (13) for the final out of the top of the ninth inning as the Washington Nationals play the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Nationals relief pitcher Drew Storen (22) give a fist pump after a pop up by St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Carpenter (13) is caught by Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond (20) to close out the top of the ninth inning as the Washington Nationals play the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Nationals relief pitcher Drew Storen (22) give a fist pump after a pop up by St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Carpenter (13) is caught by Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond (20) to close out the top of the ninth inning as the Washington Nationals play the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday (7) argues a call after he is struck out at the top of the third as the Washington Nationals play the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday (7) argues a call after he is struck out at the top of the third as the Washington Nationals play the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (28) reacts on a strike  at the plate during the 3rd inning as the Washington Nationals play the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (28) reacts on a strike at the plate during the 3rd inning as the Washington Nationals play the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Nationals starting pitcher Ross Detwiler (48) sits on the bench during the fifth inning as the Washington Nationals play the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Nationals starting pitcher Ross Detwiler (48) sits on the bench during the fifth inning as the Washington Nationals play the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • The Washington Nationals comes back off the field as the Washington Nationals play the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)The Washington Nationals comes back off the field as the Washington Nationals play the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Nationals center fielder Bryce Harper (34) warms his hands in the dugout as the Washington Nationals play the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Nationals center fielder Bryce Harper (34) warms his hands in the dugout as the Washington Nationals play the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Nationals starting pitcher Ross Detwiler (48) smiles as he finishes for the day as the Washington Nationals play the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Nationals starting pitcher Ross Detwiler (48) smiles as he finishes for the day as the Washington Nationals play the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
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Starting pitching is so much about poise and composure that Jordan Zimmermann wasn’t sure what to do. The Washington Nationals’ starter made just one relief appearance in his life before Thursday, but there he was in the bullpen awaiting his opportunity in Game 4 of the National League Division Series.

“I talked to Craig [Stammen] and I said I don’t know if this coming out of the ‘pen stuff is for me,” Zimmermann said. “He said, ‘Just get out there try to tame their emotions a little bit and just let it go.’ “

That’s exactly what Zimmermann did as he ran out of the right-field bullpen at Nationals Park in the seventh inning with the score tied at 1 and the season on the line. All Zimmermann did in uncharted territory was strike out all three St. Louis Cardinals batters he faced to jump-start a dominant bullpen performance in the Nationals’ 2-1 victory that staved off elimination.

“I just looked at it as just a start,” Zimmermann said. “I was just amped up a little more and 45,000 people will make you do that.”

Relievers Zimmermann, Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen would record the first eight outs via strikeout, and they allowed two baserunners in three combined innings, both by walks.

“You can switch the momentum when you have guys come out and perform like they did, do what Zimm and Clipp did,” Storen said. “That changes the momentum, gets the crowd into it. The crowd loves strikeouts, so you’ve got to feed them a little bit, I guess.”

Zimmermann got the feeding frenzy started in the seventh. Manager Davey Johnson had Ryan Mattheus and other regular bullpen arms available, but he gave the nod to his Game 2 starter who gave up five earned runs in three innings by this same Cardinals team Monday at Busch Stadium.

It didn’t take long for Zimmermann to handsomely reward his manager for that faith. Zimmermann looked like he was in his natural habitat as a reliever, working velocity and variation to perfection. He was throwing a fastball that hit 97 mph, a slider at 91 and a curveball at 81, and all three pitches were working.

“He came in, and I mean, he was hyped. That’s the hardest I’ve seen him throw all year,” said Johnson, who shook off the notion of Zimmermann as a future closer. “It reminded me of [Eric] Gagne when he came in as a reliever; he would throw it as hard as he could throw it.”

Guns blazing, Zimmermann kept the ball down and let it rip. He struck out Pete Kozma, Kyle Lohse and Jon Jay, igniting the crowd with a fist-pump after the final strikeout.

“I was a little jacked up,” he admitted. “I struck out the side and the fans are going nuts, I just wanted to try to get the crowd into it more than what they were and try to get the momentum on our side.”

That was the kind of emotion that catcher Kurt Suzuki said Zimmermann never shows as a starter. For one day, the 26-year-old channeled what Storen called the “controlled chaos” of being a reliever.

“I’ve never seen him do anything, so I told him he’s a different pitcher out of the bullpen,” third baseman Ryan Zimmerman said. “He’s going to have to grow facial hair or something.”

Don’t count on a transformation for Zimmermann, who could have to turn back around and start for the Nationals in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series against the San Francisco Giants on Sunday. Of course, that would require a Game 5 victory Friday, when the bullpen could again be tasked with shutting down the Cardinals.

After Zimmermann departed following his perfect inning Thursday, Clippard and Storen helped ensure there would be a tomorrow in Washington. Clippard struck out three of the four batters he faced in the eighth and then Storen had two strikeouts to start the ninth.

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