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The Washington Nationals Win It All

October 31, 2019

The 93 win(s), wild card, Washington Nationals, nee Montreal Expos, in their 50th completed season, won their first title with a (6-2) win AT Houston, vs the 107 win(s) Astros (incredibly the Nationals went (4-0) at Houston in an all road team wins series) in game 7.

Washington, which faced elimination 5 times this post-season, overcame, despite trailing in all 5 such tilts. In the three games that were decisive in  entities (the 10 to 8 game at home vs the Milwaukee Brewers, the 5th game of the “div” series at L.A. vs the Dodgers and in the “ultimate” game, #7 W.S. last night at Houston, vs the Astros) the Nationals trailed by 2 runs as late as the 7th inning, twice until the 8th inning!

In the title winner, NLCS MVP, Howie Kendrick, who also “slammed” L.A. out, tied top 10, of the aforementioned div series, hit one of the biggest home runs/hits in baseball history, a 2 run home run that gave “Wash” its first lead, one they did not relinquish, with one out in the 7th inning.

Anthony Rendon, a tremendous player and one who will “break the bank” in upcoming free agency, homered off Houston starter Zack Greinke (matched vs another former Cy Young Award winner, Max Scherzer, the first ever such occurrence in #7WS, he had allowed but one hit and faced just one over the minimum number of batters entering the 7th. However, Houston batters continually failed to add runs, “lowlighted,” when foolishly, Chirinos attempted to sacrifice and could not even do so B2, with 2 on, none out and a run in on Yuri Guriel’s home run) to cut Houston’s lead to (2-1).

When Washington won its other baseball crown 95 years ago, two players named Harris, Stanley “Bucky” Harris, who also managed the team and another title winner 23 years later with the Yankees, and Joe Harris were starting players and did such in the (4-3), 12 inning title win vs the New York Giants in Washington.

In this title clinching win, Kendrick’s transformative, historic home run, not exactly a Ruthian blow, but so what, was hit vs another Harris, Houston reliever Will. It “tuned” Juan Soto, who had walked vs Greinke.

Run producing hits by Soto, and Adam Eaton increased the lead, Patrick Corbin hurled 3 innings of scoreless relief and earned the win while Daniel Hudson fanned Michael Brantley, to end the game and give the Nationals an incredible title.

 

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Howie Kendrick, rhymes with ’72 and ’82 W.S. winning team member (George) Hendrick, pictured above.

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