The Start Of A Comeback
[UPDATE, 4:15 p.m.] - The comeback falls just short. Nats lose 12-11. Jason Motte came on for the Cards in the ninth and retired Josh Willingham (K looking), Austin Kearns (5-3) and Javier Valentin (F-8) in order.
Maybe it was the signing of Josh Bard. Whatever. The Nats, starting about two innings ago, received a seismic jolt. They were down 12-1. Now, with three runs in the sixth and five more in the seventh, it's a 12-9 game.
The biggest moment of this almost-comeback happened just last inning with the bases loaded and two outs. Austin Kearns came up for his fourth at bat of the game, and St. Louis manager Tony La Russa brought in lefty Royce Ring.
With the count 2-0, Kearns blasted a high fly ball to right field. Thanks (at least a little bit) to a heavy wind, the ball kept drifting... drifting... all the way over the fence. A grand slam. Kearns crossed the plate with a wide smile -- and his second home run of the spring.
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