ST. LOUIS — The game-time temperature was a chilly 45 degrees, but heat between your Nationals and Cardinals increased at little in the very top of the fifth inning Friday night in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series presented by GEICO.

ST. LOUIS — The game-time temperature was a chilly 45 degrees, but heat between your Nationals and Cardinals increased at little in the very top of the fifth inning Friday night in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series presented by GEICO.

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Cardinals starting pitcher saw himself in quite a jam — bases loaded with Washington phenom and 2 outs at the plate with the Nationals with a streak within their success at Busch Stadium.

Mikolas got so to to earth out to end the inning. Television cameras showed him seeming to mimic among Soto movements and appearing in the leadership of Soto as Mikolas hurried back to the dug out.

Including sometimes grabbing himself So to has drawn attention from some conflicting teams this past year, the Cardinals included, for his activities between pitches.

“At first when I saw him doing it I thought, you know, it's a little, you know,” Martinez said. “But then after speaking with him watching him, it's a routine that he uses for to the next pitch. I mean, just like that ' s his batter box when you speak with him , he really feels, he still owns that batter's box. When he does that, it's basically just saying,’Hey, I'will get back , and that I 'm going to get ready to hit another pitch”

Steve Gilbert has covered the D Backs for MLB.com because 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.