MLB Network Host On Nats' Comeback: They Stuck With It

The Nationals stunned the Brewers in the NL Wild Card on Tuesday, overcoming a three-run deficit

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
October 02, 2019 - 8:48 am
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The Nationals trailed the Brewers 2-0 after the first inning of their NL Wild Card showdown Tuesday. Then they trailed 3-0 after the second and 3-1 entering the bottom of the eighth.

But Juan Soto came through in the clutch, knocking a bases-clearing single to right to give the Nats a 4-3 win.

Nationals Park? Delirious.

“I’ve followed this team quite a bit in the postseason in years past, and this was the loudest that I ever heard (that stadium) because of the way that the team came back,” MLB Network host Scott Braun said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “I also have to give it to the fans. They stuck around late in this contest. They believed in the team. This team has done a lot of damage late in games, and the best teams in baseball do that. The best teams in baseball are able to stick with it and get through even some of the best relievers in the sport like a Josh Hader, who really is such a fine relief pitcher for the Brewers.”

The Nationals started the year 19-31 (.380) but went 74-38 (.661) the rest of the way to reach the Wild Card. Now, after so much postseason heartbreak in recent years, they gave fans something to cheer about.

“It felt like something was off their back finally,” Braun said. “This team couldn’t come through in elimination games in years past, and they did it. We’ll see how that takes them into the next round. The Dodgers are tough.”

The Dodgers went 106-56 this season – their best finish in franchise history. Still, Braun gives the Nats a fighting chance.

“If you match up the top three starters for the Dodgers against the top three starters of the Nationals, you could give the edge to Washington,” he said. “You could make a case – easily. Los Angeles is very strong. They’re definitely a deeper squad. Offensively, though, the Nationals did not do what they are fully capable of for the year, so I think they’ll provide some more in this next series.”

Games 1 and 2 of the NLDS are Thursday and Friday in Los Angeles. Game 1 begins at 8:37 p.m. ET.