NL Wild Card: Washington Nationals pull off epic comeback to beat Brewers
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 awaiting in the National League Division Series.
After Michael A. Taylor was hit by a pitch, 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 Juan 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 and their offense had a tough time cracking the Brewers bullpen. But baseball again proves there’s nothing a well-timed hit can’t overcome.
The Nationals now advance to the NLDS, where they’ll face the Los Angeles Dodgers. Game 1 is set for Thursday night in L.A.
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