The St. Louis Cardinals seemed to have left their ability to play defense somewhere in the Midwest because the Washington Nationals put them to shame Wednesday night. Pitcher Livan Hernandez threw complete game shutout to lead his team to a 10-0 victory. The game was Hernandez’s 50th complete game and ninth shutout of his career.
Washington played errorless baseball. Nine-time St. Louis All-Star Albert Pujols committed two errors at third base. Each National who went to bat, with the exception of starter Hernandez and eighth inning left field substitution Brian Bixler, got at least one hit.
Michael Morse, 3-for-4, hit his first multi-homerun game of the season. He started off with a solo shot off a 3-1 pitch in the second and rounded it out with a double in the fourth and a two-run homer in the seventh. Danny Espinosa joined the hit parade as well, going 2-for-3 and hitting a solo homerun right after Morse in the seventh inning for the Nationals first set of back-to-back homeruns in 2011.
At the end of the night, the Nationals ended their second game with St. Louis during this series with fifteen hits. They have now won five straight games.