Descalso Goes Yard in NLDS Win Over Nationals

Daniel Descalso also assisted in turning a double play in the seventh. (AP File Photo)

Oct. 8, 2012

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ST. LOUIS - Former Aggie standout had a two-hit, two-RBI day and hit a solo home run in the fourth inning to help the St. Louis Cardinals to a 12-4 win over the Washington Nationals in game two of the National League Division Series.

In front of a Busch Stadium crowd of 45,840, Descalso took a 1-1 pitch from Craig Stammen over the right field wall. It was just his fifth homer of the season.

"We wanted to come out and make a statement and tie this up before we went out to D.C.," said Descalso in a postgame interview with "We came out and did exactly what we wanted to today."

His day got started with an RBI single in the bottom of the second as Descalso hit a sharp ground ball to right field, allowing Yadier Molina to score.

Descalso was just as productive on defense for the Cardinals, who tied the series at one game apiece after Monday's win. In the seventh inning, Matt Holiday collected a line drive from Ryan Zimmerman and bounced a throw to Descalso in the infield. Descalso turned and made a quick throw to third, cutting down Bryce Harper for the second out of the inning.

Game three of the series is set for Wednesday at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.