10-02-2019, 12:03 PM #1
- Join Date
- Aug 2010
- Down South
- Rep Power
Nats Beat Brewers For NL Wild Card
Mike Oz,Yahoo Sports•October 1, 2019
Washington D.C., this is what October elation feels like.
The Washington Nationals pulled off an unbelievable eighth-inning comeback to down the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL wild-card game Tuesday night at Nationals Park. The usually potent Brewers bullpen — specifically their ace reliever Josh Hader — faltered at the worst possible time, as the Nats used a hit by pitch, bloop single and walk to overcome a 3-1 lead.
It was young star Juan Soto, still just 20 years old, who delivered the decisive blow. Final score, 4-3 Nationals. A date against the Los Angeles Dodgers now awaits in the National League Division Series.
After Michael A. Taylor was hit, Ryan Zimmerman came up as a pinch hitter and looped a single into centerfield. Nats star Anthony Rendon came up with two outs and Hader’s pitch count climbing. Rendon worked a walk, which brought Soto up with the bases loaded and a Nats lead one swing away.
Soto delivered with a single into right field that was misplayed by Trent Grisham that allowed the Nationals to score three runs and take a lead.
The Nats had seemed to be headed for another October disappointment after ace Max Scherzer gave up three runs in the first two innings — including homers to Yasmani Grandal and Eric Thames. Scherzer settled down, but the Nats’ offense had a tough time cracking the Brewers bullpen.
But baseball once again proves there’s nothing a well-timed rally can’t overcome.