A must-read for Nats fans this morning: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Sports columnist Bernie Miklasz goes into painful detail about The Collapse, straight from the mouths of Cardinals players.
Most interestingly, an anonymous Cardinal is quoted as saying that Gio looked like he didn't want to be out there Friday night:
"Gio looked like he didn't want to be out there. The guy has a 6-0 lead, then 6-1, and he's panicking out there. We smelled blood."
(Some anonymous Cardinal, via StLToday.com, 10/15/2012)
See screen cap of Gio above, moments before he walked Allen Craig with the bases loaded in the fifth (via TBS/MLB.com). Here's more from Cardinals second baseman Skip Schumaker:
"A lot of guys had the bright-eyed, deer-in-the-headlights look. And I'm not going to mention names, but we saw them taking a couple of deep breaths between pitches, and they were up four or five runs. When we saw that, we started talking. We weren't taking any deep breaths. We were the ones trying to push. It felt like we had the momentum, which is crazy to say because we were behind. But it really felt that way."
(Skip Schumaker, via StLToday.com, 10/15/2012)