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Nationals break it open with four-run third inning vs. Cardinals in NLCS Game 3

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The Nationals lead the Cardinals once again as they plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the third inning against Jack Flaherty.

Victor Robles led off with a single and moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by pitcher Stephen Strasburg. Trea Turner struck out on a foul tip, but Eaton salvaged the effort, grounding a single up the middle to bring Robles home to break the scoreless tie. Eaton then scored when Anthony Rendon poked a double to shallow left field which a sliding Marcell Ozuna was unable to secure.

Juan Soto followed up with a walk. During Howie Kendrick‘s at-bat, catcher Yadier Molina wasn’t able to corral a fastball in the dirt, allowing both Rendon and Soto to advance. They were promptly brought home when Howie Kendrick — the hero of NLDS Game 5 — lined a two-run double to right-center to make it 4-0.

It’s been a low-scoring NLCS thus far. The Nationals won Game 1 by a 2-0 score and Game 2 by a 3-1 margin. A 4-0 lead in Game 3 feels huge.

Through three innings, Strasburg has limited the Cardinals to one hit with no walks and four strikeouts. Flaherty has allowed the four runs on four hits and two walks with four strikeouts across three innings.

Larry Walker to wear a Rockies cap on his Hall of Fame plaque

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I guess this came out the day he was elected but I missed it somehow: Larry Walker is going to have a Rockies cap on his Fall of Fame plaque.

While it was once solely the choice of the inductee, for the past couple of decades the Hall of Fame has had final say on the caps, though the request of the inductee is noted. This is done to prevent a situation in which a cap truly misrepresents history. This issue arose around the time Wade Boggs was inducted, as he reportedly had a deal with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to pick their cap on his plaque which, to say the least, would’ve been unrepresentative.

There have been some mildly controversial picks in the past, and some guys who would seem to have a clear choice have gone with blank caps to avoid upsetting the fan base of one of his other teams, but Walker’s doesn’t seem all that controversial to me.

Walker played ten years in Colorado to six years in Montreal and two years in St. Louis. His numbers in Colorado were substantial better than in Montreal. His MVP Award, most of his Gold Gloves, most of his All-Star appearances, and all of his black ink with the exception of the NL doubles title in 1994 came with the Rockies too. Walker requested the Rockies cap, noting correctly that he “did more damage” in a Rockies uniform than anyplace else. And, of course, that damage is what got him elected to the Hall of Fame.

Still, I imagine fans of the old Expos will take at least some issue here. Those folks tend to be pretty possessive of their team’s old stars. It’s understandable, I suppose, given that they’ve not gotten any new ones in a decade or two. Add in the fact that Walker played for the 1994 Expos team onto which people love to project things both reasonable and unreasonable, and you can expect that the Expos dead-enders might feel a bit slighted.

Welp, sorry. A Rockies cap is the right choice.  And that’s Walker’s cap will feature.