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Cardinals vs. Nationals, 2012 NLDS Game 5: Stunning conclusion hits Nationals fans hard

It was a moment of jubilation for Cardinals fans. The Red Birds scored four runs in the ninth inning to complete one of the most amazing single-game comebacks in history. On the other side of that jubilation was shock for Washington Nationals fans. SB Nation's Federal Baseball described the moment you could hear a pin drop in the Nationals' stadium:

When the Cards finally took the lead the fans were stunned. Nationals Park fell silent in a moment. All at once. The finality of it hit long before Jayson Werth, Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman went down in order in the bottom of the inning. A long-suffering fanbase and city, moments and one strike away from a seven-game NLCS with the San Francisco Giants, was suddenly eliminated from the postseason.

It's going to sting for a little while, but Nationals fans can take solace that their young core will be coming back next spring and they'll have a little extra firepower in Stephen Strasburg, presumably for the entire season.