The Washington Nationals season looked to be going down the tubes. After five straight losses and just one win from their starters in 15 games, the well looked like it had ran dry. Desperate, the team held a players only meeting on Wednesday. Those meetings so often amount to nothing, or worse. They can sometimes undermine a team, dividing it into factions. It looked to be going that way when they fell behind by nine runs in the first four innings in Washington.
Just when the team looked dead and buried, not only in the game but also in the playoff race, they would mount an incredible comeback that could just spark them on toward greatness later this season. The Miami Marlins had scored once in the first, six times in the second, and a further two runs in the fourth. But even that wasn’t enough on this night. The Nats got big time performances from two young players on the night.
One of them was Trea Turner, no doubt the star of this game. When it was all said and done, he had hit two home runs and had a ridiculous eight RBIs. Just him alone would nearly have gotten them back in the game, assuming the pitching was good. On top of his showing, Juan Soto continued to build his reputation with three RBIs of his own in the 14-12 win over the division’s bottom team.
The win is absolutely massive for a number of reasons. Even without them being in a playoff race, it is notable. But the fact they are involved in the hunt is even bigger. They had just gone under .500 recently, and that is not a good sign for making it to the postseason. But the win shows they have some fight left in them. If they can come from this far behind in a game, they will reason that they can do so in the division as well. Could this just be the spark they needed in order to climb back up the charts and challenge the Braves, Phillies, and other Wild Card contenders? It could well be.