Nationals put to the test

Cardinals spoil D.C.'s Game 3 postseason party, push Washington to the brink

Updated: October 11, 2012, 12:27 AM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

WASHINGTON -- They came streaming out of the Metro station, streaming out of the parking lots, their bright red Nationals get-ups gleaming in the afternoon sun.

So this was it. This was what it looked like. This was what it felt like to have a postseason baseball game dropped into the middle of their town, for the first time since the late, great Franklin D. Roosevelt administration.

It should have been a beautiful way for the ever-patient residents of Washington, D.C., to pass ...

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