Nationals advance to NLDS in 4-3 comeback victory against Brewers
The Washington Nationals have finally won a playoff game with a grand 4-3 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers. Max Scherzer’s five-inning start ended with four hits, three runs, three walks, and six strikeouts. Stephen Strasburg made his first ever relief debut, which resulted in three innings that yielded only two hits and no runs. Daniel Hudson then appeared in the ninth for a one-hit Wild Card save for the Nationals, helping them advance to the National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Nationals’ runs consisted of a Trea Turner solo home run in the third inning and Juan Soto’s three-run RBI single in the eighth. During that game-saving single, Michael A. Taylor, Andrew Stevenson,, and Anthony Rendon scored on right fielder Trent Grisham’s fielding error, and despite Soto getting out at second, Nationals fans cheered for one of the first of many great postseason moments of 2019. For a team that has struggled to win an elimination game (with Scherzer starting nonetheless), this Wild Card game was certainly cathartic for both team and fans alike.
Tomorrow night, the Nationals and the Dodgers will square off in the first game of the NLDS at Dodger Stadium. Patrick Corbin will duel Walker Buehler in the series opener. First pitch is scheduled for 8:37 p.m. ET, and the game will be broadcasted on TBS.