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Nationals vs. Cardinals: Team Grades from NLDS Game 2
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The Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals are heading back to St. Louis with the National League Division Series knotted up at one apiece.

Game 2 could have been a nice momentum-building game for Washington, but a poor performance by starter Jordan Zimmermann put the team in an early hole that they could not come emerge from.

Add in poor defense and relief pitching, and the Nationals were at a clear disadvantage throughout the entire game.

The Cardinals played aggressively from the onset, establishing a tone that the Nationals could not match.

The series is clearly just getting underway, but the Nationals may be at a disadvantage at this point. The Cardinals are playing very well and, quite frankly, the Nationals were a bit lucky in their Game 1 victory.

The Nats will need stronger pitching in Games 3 and 4. If Edwin Jackson and Ross Detwiler can't come up big, Washington will be sent packing.

Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let's sum up Game 2.

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