Martinez Ejected As Rendon, Strasburg Help Nats Force Game 7

Jonathan Grant | October 30th, 2019

Despite losing manager Dave Martinez after his ejection in the seventh inning, the Washington Nationals stuck to their guns and won Game 6 on Tuesday night to force a seventh game in the World Series against the Houston Astros. Leading 3-2 when Trea Turner was at the plate, the speed demon hit a swinging bunt to the pitcher. He raced down the line and forced an errant throw only to be thrown out for running inside of the line.

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Martinez was livid and ended up being ejected later on, but that whole inning proved to be a catalyst of sorts. It set the rest of the Nats on fire, including Anthony Rendon. The soon-to-be free agent blasted his second home run of the postseason to make it 5-2. After that homer, the Nationals got two more runs off the bat of Rendon’s double. He had singled earlier in the game, the top of the first in fact, to drive in one run, so he ended the night with five RBI’s, a homer, and went 3-4. Not bad at all when you’re trying to get paid. Stephen Strasburg pitched 8 1/3 innings and gave up two runs in the victory. The Astros’ only two runs came in the bottom of the first, with Jose Altuve hitting a sac fly and Alex Bregman hitting a home run.

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