They needed one strike. One measly strike to finish off a stirring victory over the Cardinals in Game 5 of the National League Division Series and advance to a League Championship Series Game 1 date with the Giants on Sunday night.
One Nationals fan living in Philly decided to put some Nationals gear on a statue sacred to Phillies fans.
Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright and his curveball are starting to get to know the Nationals pretty well these days. They meet again on Friday in Game 5 of the NLDS.
With their season on the line tonight, the Nationals hope Gio Gonzalez can harness the emotion and command that betrayed him in Game 1.