The Washington Nationals gave their fans nearly nothing to cheer about for seven-plus innings on Tuesday night in the National League Wild Card Game. Add that to years and years of playoff misery, and you wouldn’t have blamed them for not believing. But that didn’t stop them from giving it everything they had, to use an old sports cliché. Down 3-1 in the bottom of the eighth against ridiculously nasty Josh Hader of the Milwaukee Brewers, the Nats staged their epic comeback.
With the bases loaded and two outs, a world of pressure was heaped upon the shoulders of young second-year player Juan Soto. But that didn’t derail him as he unleashed a single into right field. By all admission, two runs were going to score no matter what, but a third ended up getting to make it a 4-3 ball game as Brewers’ right fielder Trent Grisham made an error by allowing them ball to go under his glove. That allowed Anthony Rendon, who had patiently walked the at-bat before, to get home. Soto was thrown out going for third, but no one cared. The Nats led, and in the end they closed it out to end a run of seven series-deciding games without a victory. Their reward: a trip to Los Angeles to face the Dodgers in a five-game series.