Nationals Beat Brewers In NL Wild Card, Move On To Face Dodgers
Juan Soto came up clutch at the plate while Stephen Strasburg earned the win in relief
The Washington Nationals win, 4-3.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 2, 2019
It's the first time in five tries since they've moved to D.C. that they won an elimination game.
Stephen Strasburg was incredible.
Juan Soto was clutch.
Daniel Hudson was nails.
And now the Dodgers get Patrick Corbin in Game 1 of the NLDS.
Down 3-1 with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 8th inning facing Milwaukee Brewers reliever Josh Hader, Washington Nationals star 20-year-old Juan Soto delivered once again, knocking in all three runs (with the help of an error by Brewers rookie right fielder Trent Grisham).
That put Washington ahead 4-3 and they held on. Daniel Hudson recorded the save while Stephen Strasburg earned a win out of the bullpen after he relieved Max Scherzer.
It was the first time since 1981 that the Nationals won a winner-take-all-game.
Reminder: the Nats got off to a horrible start to the season and completely turned everything around.
The Dodgers are up next for Washington. Since Scherzer and Strasburg both pitched in this contest, Patrick Corbin will get the nod in Game 1.
Expect a tight series as starting pitching will be at the forefront. Corbin, Strasburg and Scherzer will most likely square off against Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Walker Buehler in every game.