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The St. Louis Cardinals were able to witness another team implode earlier in the playoffs. It was now their turn to return the favor in Game 4 of the NLCS against the Washington Nationals.

Facing a 3-0 series hole, St. Louis did everything possible to make sure this would be a clean sweep for a Nationals squad attempting to make its first ever World Series appearance.

St. Louis gave up seven runs in the bottom of the first. It included six hits, an error and a walk.

Down 2-0 in the first, three Cardinals players let an otherwise harmless Víctor Robles pop up fall.

It plated a run and left the bases loaded. From there, Yan Gomes plated two more with a single to make it 5-0. The entire sequence was horrible for St. Louis.

Washington was not done. Batting around in the first, Trea Turner drove in the final two runs with a single to left to make it 7-0.

This is not the way the Cardinals had hoped Game 4 would start. And really, there’s nothing better the Nationals could have asked for as they look for the four-game sweep.