The Washington Times - July 23, 2009, 10:15PM

We’ve sloshed through six innings here, and the Cardinals have been able to push more of their baserunners across home plate than the Nationals, despite the fact both teams have had plenty of opportunities. That’s the difference in a 4-1 game.

Adam Wainwright came back out after a 76-minute delay and kept pitching out of jams from the fourth through the sixth innings, during which the Nationals got five hits but only one run. They stranded Nyjer Morgan at third in the fifth, and scored only once despite two doubles in the sixth.


Tyler Clippard replaced Collin Balester after the rain delay for the Nationals, giving up a run on three hits and two walks in two innings. It probably should have been more, but he managed to sandwich two outs between an RBI walk to Skip Schumaker in the fourth.

So it’s 4-1 in the top of the seventh…and the rain has started again. Players started walking off the field mere seconds after the rain started, and the hunch (hope?) here is the Cardinals are pushing for a shortened game so they can be on their merry way to Philadelphia. We’ll see what happens.