WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 15: Jayson Werth #28 of the Washington Nationals celebrates with teammates after scoring in the third inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park on June 15, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Cardinals Vs. Nationals: Nationals Route Cardinals 10-0 In Complete Game Shutout

First baseman Michael Morse hit two home runs while Livan Hernandez pitched his 50th career complete game and ninth career shutout.

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Cardinals Vs. Nationals Final: Nationals Power Past Cardinals 10-0

It was a big night on Wednesday in terms of Washington Nationals achievements and the scoreboard. The Nationals completely routed the St. Louis Cardinals using a stout offense and a milestone pitching performance by the score of 10-0. The Nationals are now on a five game win streak and one victory away from sweeping a three game series of the Cardinals in front of the home crowds at Nationals Park.

Nationals starter Livan Hernandez pitched a brilliant complete game shutout, nearly shutting down the Cardinals potent offense. Hernandez went the distance and went all nine innings giving up only three hits, no walks and striking out six. Without a doubt it was his finest performance of 2011 thus far. Wednesday night's performance marks Hernandez's ninth career shutout and his 50th complete game pitched. He lowered his ERA to 3.77.

On the offensive side of the ball it was a big night for first baseman Michael Morse. Morse smashed two of the four home runs of the night for the Nats, one a two-run blast. Morse finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Danny Espinosa and Jayson Werth added solo shots of their own, Espinosa's came back-to-back with Morse's in the seventh-inning. Morse is now hitting 12 home run followed behind by Espinosa and Werth has nine. Another notable performance came from Roger Bernadina who went 3-for-5 with a RBI.

A combination of pitching, offense and smart baseball has put Washington fans in a state of euphoria. Both Michael Morse and Livan Hernandez were made trending topics on Twitter in Washington D.C. late Wednesday night.

The Nationals 32-36 record has put them only half a game back from the fourth place NL East Florida Marlins and even striking distance of the third place New York Mets.


Cardinals Vs. Nationals Score: Nationals Jump Right On Cardinals And Lead 5-0

The game between the Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals is in the sixth-inning with the Nationals leading 5-0 and tightening their grasp on a possible fifth straight win. Pitcher Livan Hernandez has held the Cardinals to just two hits while he has recorded four strikeouts and issued no walks.

The offense was powered up by a Michael Morse who hit his 11th home run of the season in the second-inning off Kyle McClellan. Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman and catcher Ivan Rodriguez added RBi singles in the third and fourth-innings respectively. Also in the fourth a fielding error allowed second baseman Danny Espinosa to score and center fielder Roger Bernadina punched in a RBI double. The Nationals have cranked out seven hits in total.

The pitching and offense have come together strongly at Nationals Park and the team hopes it continues throughout the rest of the night. It has been an errorless night for the Nats while the Cardinals have two.


Cardinals Vs. Nationals: Nationals Looking For Their Fifth Win In A Row Against Cardinals

The Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals are two teams currently heading in different directions. The Nationals come into Wednesday night's game riding a four game win streak. The Cardinals are the losers of four straight. The Nationals are last place in the NL East and slowly trying to catch up with the fourth place New York Mets. The Cardinals were the tops of the NL Central now falling and tied for first with the Milwaukee Brewers. Wednesday night the Nationals hope that trend continues.

After rallying and shocking the Cardinals on Tuesday night, the Nationals will look for that elusive fifth straight win and put it in the hands of pitcher Livan Hernandez (3-8, 4.15 ERA). Once again Hernandez will be looking to bounce back from a bad outing (5 1/3 innings and allowed six runs on nine hits against the San Diego Padres) amidst controversy over his possible involvement with known Puerto Rican drug traffickers. When the trafficker story first broke back in April, Hernandez's next start was a good one with the Cuban righty perhaps taking his annoyance at the situation out on the other team. Whatever demons Hernandez has, Nationals fans are hoping he conjures them up tonight against the Cards and Kyle McClellan (6-2, 3.86 ERA).

Nationals Line-Up

Jayson Werth – RF

Roger Bernadina – CF

Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

Laynce Nix – LF

Michael Morse – 1B

Danny Espinosa – 2B

Ivan Rodriguez – C

Livan Hernandez – P

Ian Desmond – SS

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