The Washington Nationals entered this four game series against the Miami Marlins needing a good weekend in the worst way, and it didn’t start out the way they had hoped.
The Nationals had a player’s meeting Wednesday afternoon after a 3-0 loss to the Boston Red Sox, with the message being “Do or Die.” Early on, it appeared the Nationals had opted for the latter as the Marlins jumped out to an early 9-0 lead. It seemed this game would go the way of several other Nationals games this season, embarrassing performance leading to another bad loss. But then, pure magic happened.
The Nationals got on the board with a solo home run by Trea Turner in the fourth inning, then started chipping away with four runs in the fifth inning to cut the Miami lead to 9-5. What happened next was monumental.
Daniel Murphy hit a sacrifice fly to draw Washington to within three at 9-6. The Nationals loaded the bases for Trea Turner, who then smacked his first career grand slam to give the Nationals a 10-9 lead. Washington would later expand with four more runs-two of which by way of Trea Turner, who had eight RBIs when all was said and done tonight-to take a 14-9 lead and hold on to win 14-12 in a much needed offensive explosion. Hopefully the Nationals can use this as momentum with the All Star break right around the corner.
Nationals will attempt to clinch a split of the series as Gio Gonzalez takes the mound at 7 pm