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The Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals played a tight 1-1 game in front of 44,392 screaming fans in the nation's capital and then Jayson Werth's walk-off winner sent the D.C. Faithful home happy knowing there would be a Game 5 in D.C. Friday night.
1-1 game. Bottom of the ninth. 44,392 red towel waving, screaming Nats fans hanging on every pitch. Jayson Werth vs St. Louis Cardinals' reliever Lance Lynn. "Let's Go Nats! Let's Go Nats!!" The Washington Nationals have talked for months now about the fans turning out to support the NL East Champs, but it's never been this loud. Standing at the plate, battling for 13 pitches, the Nats' $126M dollar outfielder didn't have any problem concentrating on what he was seeing and doing, however, as he explained to reporters shortly after the game.
"I didn't hear a thing," Werth said, "It was pretty quiet to me." Werth took a real close 79 mph curve for ball three on the 11th pitch he saw, 3-2 count, then fouled off a 97 mph four-seamer on pitch no.12 before absolutely crushing the 13th pitch of his epic at bat with the Cards' right-hander and sending the walk-off winner into the back of the visitor's bullpen to give the Washington Nationals a 2-1 win and force a Game 5 with the St. Louis Cardinals.
"It was a fastball," Werth said afterwards, "He's got a good fastball. Like I said, but after that 2-2 hook, it was pretty close. After that, I was on the heater." Werth entered the at bat with one hit in six career at bats against Lynn. "He's tough," the Nats' outfielder said, "We've faced him a lot over September and in the series. So I knew what he had. But I think he threw a hook, 2-2 to get to 3-2 and I figured from then on I wasn't going to get off the heater, fouled a couple more off and finally got one to hit."