Game in a nutshell: The Nationals have been wanting to get a crack at the Cardinals since the moment they blew Game 5 of the NLDS, but they’ll have to wait another season to seek their revenge. After getting swept by St. Louis at Nationals Park in April, they got swept at Busch Stadium in the final week of September. Jordan Zimmermann, trying to become the NL’s only 20-game winner, was done in once against by the same Cardinals lineup that has befuddled him his entire career. And the Nats lineup couldn’t get anything going against rookie right-hander Shelby Miller. Not the kind of way the Nationals wanted to close out this season. They’ll head to Arizona for their final three games.
Hitting lowlight: The Nationals lineup had become quite productive over the last six weeks, but we probably have to point out that much of the damage came against less-than-dominant pitching. Over the last three days, the Nats did have to face dominant pitching, and they were completely silenced. They scored four total runs in the series, came within inches of bein no-hit Tuesday night and put up very little fight today against rookie Shelby Miller and Co. Bryce Harper’s RBI single in the top of the first proved the only clutch hit of the afternoon against Miller, who scattered four hits over 6-plus innings before handing things over to the Cardinals bullpen. The Nationals hardly threatened late, going down quietly to wrap up a miserable series at Busch Stadium.