The Cardinals were down 7-0 early in the second game of their double header with Washington, but eventually forced extra innings and grabbed the lead in the 10 th on Joe Mather’s first major league home run. The Nationals answered with a two run walk-off homer in the bottom of the 10 th to win 10-9.
Ryan Frankiln came on in the 10 th looking to save a remarkable comeback and potential sweep of the Nats, but Elijah Dukes hit the walk-off on a hanging slider.
Skip Schumaker tripled and scored on an Aaron Miles single to score two in the 9 th to tie the game. Joe Mather, hit a solo shot the next inning, the first of his major league career with two outs off of Brian Sanches. All of that was possible when relief pitcher Mark Worrell hit a three run homer off of Nat’s pitcher Tim Redding to make the score 8-6 in the 6 th . It was an improbable comeback after a rough start.
Starter Mike Parisi was pounded again in his second major league start, giving up eight runs, five earned on ten hits and four walks in four innings.