The scene seemed all too familiar last night as the Nationals trailed the Giants in the late innings at Nats Park. The Nationals batters had given a valiant effort against arguably the most dominant pitchers in baseball, Tim Lincecum, but to no avail, as they trailed 5-4 and turned the game over to their bullpen.
You see for the Nationals it had been simple, good hitting plus bad pitching means losing more than seventy percent of the time. All season the only way the Nationals could earn a win would be by a slaughter at the plate or an outstanding performance by a starting pitcher. For the Nats, once the game goes to the bullpen, it’s usually over.
Tuesday was different. Tuesday the Nationals bats didn’t give up, and the bullpen didn’t give in.
Trailing 5-4 in the eight the Nationals posted a six run inning to overtake a very strong pitching ball club, and earn their 14th win of the year.
Leading the Rally was Cristian Guzman who finally broke out of a long slump that had found his batting average drop 20 points over the last two weeks. Also helping out were the old reliables, Ryan Zimmerman and Elijah Dukes both providing RBI doubles in the Nationals winning effort.