For the majority of players, it doesn’t get any bigger than playing in the postseason. To hit a home run in the playoffs is an even bigger opportunity. To do it in the clutch, and to make it a Grand Slam, that’s what dreams are made of. And that’s exactly what Howie Kendrick was able to accomplish and bring into Washington Nationals folklore on Wednesday night as he put his team up for good in the top of the tenth inning with a 7-3 lead that would hold after the bottom half.
Once again, though, the journey to get there was just as important- and entertaining- as the ultimate destination. The Dodgers took a 3-0 lead after two frames, getting a solo shot from Max Muncy (you guessed it) and a two-run homer from Enrique Hernandez. They held that lead for a while, but the Nats started to come back in the sixth with a Juan Soto single plating one run. The heroics, though, came in the eighth as Anthony Rendon and Soto homered to make it 3-3. Eventually it forced the game into extra innings, in which Kendrick made sure he gave his team plenty of ammunition to keep them out in front for good by bringing in those names above, himself, and one other. Now, the Nationals will take on the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis on Thursday in Game 1 of the NLCS.