D.C. Host On Nationals: "It's Pretty Unbelievable"

The Nationals head home with a commanding 2-0 lead in the Fall Classic

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
October 24, 2019 - 9:32 am
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The Washington Nationals hoped to win one of the first two games of the World Series in Houston, but then they had a change of heart.

They won both.

Indeed, after beating the Astros 5-4 in Game 1, the Nationals walloped Houston 12-3 in Game 2. Washington erupted for six runs in the seventh inning and three in the eighth to bust open a 2-2 pitchers duel and take a commanding 2-0 lead in the Fall Classic.

“It’s pretty unbelievable what’s happened,” D.C.’s 106.7 The Fan host John Auville said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “This is a Nationals team that had to go late in the Wild Card game to defeat the Brewers, and now to be on the run they’re on – having won eight straight postseason games, tying a record – taking the best of what the Astros have been able to throw at them in the first two games and now coming home to Nats Park, (it’s incredible).”

The Nationals beat the Dodgers in the NLDS, winning the final two games of the series, before sweeping the Cardinals in the NLCS. Five of their last eight wins have come on the road.

“This is a team that’s always been built on starting pitching, and you’ve seen that especially in these first two games, with Strasburg, with Max,” Auville said. “These guys will go six, seven innings and it masks the bullpen, which has been a weakness of this team.”

Scherzer allowed two runs in 5.0 innings in Game 1, while Strasburg allowed two runs in 6.0 innings in Game 2. Both finished with seven strikeouts.

“Dave Martinez has done a really good job of hiding some of those weaknesses, having the starters go late,” Auville said. “Starting pitching is what this team is built around, and you’re seeing it in these first two games.”

Games 3 and 4 are Friday and Saturday, respectively, in Washington. Game 5, if necessary, is Sunday. All games begin at 8:07 p.m. ET.

Click below to listen to Auville’s interview in its entirety.