Things were looking grim for the Nationals earlier this afternoon: Stephen Strasburg got knocked around by the visiting Cardinals during a three-run first inning, and Jaime Garcia had held Washington's batters to just two hits through five innings. But when Strasburg and Denard Span each singled to lead off the sixth, it looked as if the Nats' fortunes might be reversing. It looked like they might be able to string something together. It looked as though they were on the verge … of a RALLY.
Naturally, reliever Ryan Mattheus was ready with his best.
The efforts of Mattheus and his flip-capped penmates yielded an RBI ground-out from Bryce Harper.