Mark Bradley: The Cards wilted. The Nats rule. The Braves feel worse.

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Mark Bradley: The Cards wilted. The Nats rule. The Braves feel worse.
Mark Bradley: The Cards wilted. The Nats rule. The Braves feel worse.

Mark Bradley: The Cards wilted. The Nats rule. The Braves feel worse. The Cardinals scored more runs in the first inning of Game 5 at SunTrust Park than in four games and 36 innings of the NLCS against Washington. There they managed six, the first two of which were because of outfield misplays. They had 16 hits against 48 strikeouts. Coming off a 10-run first inning in Game 5, they were nearly no-hit – by Anibal Sanchez, a Brave last season – in Game 1 of the NLCS. They mustered three hits, none before the seventh, in Game 2. In the closeout Game 4, the Redbirds themselves yielded seven runs in the first inning. If you're the Braves, you're asking, "How did we lose to those guys?" The easy answer

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