The wildest game of the year ends with a 14th place loss (updated)


Who knows how this wild season for 2019 will end Nationals, if they capture the Braves and win the National League East, if they keep one of the two wildcard places in the league or if they collapse and skip the playoffs altogether.

Here is what we can say unequivocally about the citizens of 2019: they do not withdraw. No game is ever out of reach. No matter how demoralized they may be in a moment, they refuse to stay down until they have exhausted their last breath.

"This team is incredibly competitive," said manager Davey Martinez. "They don't stop."

This does not necessarily mean that they always emerge victorious. The loss of 15-14, 14 innings tonight against the Brewers was a reminder. This team still has its flaws, and they were on display during this marathon game that had a bit of everything.

The wildest game of a wild season lasted 5 hours and 40 minutes and saw the nationals coming from behind both early and late. And then later. He has also seen Sean Doolittle collapse in a ninth inning that included three home runs in the span of four bars. He saw the Nats get so close to come back right away to win at the bottom of the ninth, only to block the bases loaded with no one to send the game in extra innings.

He saw Javy Guerra, the last man standing in an exhausted bullpen, serves the second humerus of Christian Yelich's night, a solo hit on top of the 13th that put Milwaukee on top, just as the clock was beating midnight.

He saw Asdrúbal Cabrera take a lead walk, Kurt Suzuki take it to third place with a single single during which the veteran catcher tightened but had to stay in the game because the citizens no longer had players available, so Victor Robles send a sacrificial fly to the left to unlikely tie this game once again.

And finally saw an exhausted war, on his 37th pitch, serve a two-shot humerus to Eric Thames in the middle of the right at the top of the 14th. The last man standing in the Brewers' bullpen, the unrelated Junior Guerra, would have finished the Nationals at the bottom of the 14th – but only after another race marked an error with two outs, then the break-even race has reached the third base, only to be stuck there when Joe Ross (a pitcher that hits a pinch for another pitcher) hit.

"Seeing the boys in battle was certainly fantastic," said Guerra. "I definitely came short. But overall I think we've shown a lot in the team. It only shows you what we've done all year. These guys don't stop. They grind it, make it work. I wish it had (gone) our way, but it wasn't. "

The Nats saw the series of victories end in five games. They also dropped a game in the standings and now follow the 5 1/2 Braves.

None of this would have been necessary if it hadn't been for the four tests that Doolittle gave up at the top of the ninth, all the markings on three home runs out of stunning.

Down but not out, the citizens took an assault right at the bottom of the ninth against the nearest Josh Hader brewers, gaining an advantage from Yan Gomes, a double from Suzuki and a single RBI from Robles to re-tie the game. And after an intentional walk of Howie Kendrick, the Nats had the bases loaded with nobody, which needed one of the boys from the top of their formation to simply extract the ball from the infield to take home the winning race.

They couldn't do it. Hader struck Trea Turner, Adam Eaton is Anthony Rendon in succession, exasperating the 36.953 crowd that was ready to bring down the house if the home team had won the game at that time.

"It's tough," said Martinez of Hader. "We had three pretty good hiters. Trea worked really well. Only 3-2, lost a shot. But we had the chance to score. Bases loaded, no exits. It didn't happen."

The bullpen did his best to continue to give possibilities to the alignment. Tanner Rainey hit four shots on two innings without relief and Guerra hit the top end of the twelfth.

But the citizens were unable to exploit these opportunities, scoring four consecutive zeroes after scoring 12 throws from the third to the ninth inning before their last attempt in the 14th was short.

Soto-Watch-It-Go-Red-sidebar.jpg "src =" "width =" 375 "height =" 247 "class =" mt-image-right "style =" float: right; margin: 0 0 20px 20px; "/> Juan Soto</strong>, Eaton, Turner and Kendrick had all gone home to bring their team back from an initial 5-0 deficit and energize a hot Saturday night crowd. <strong>Hunter Strickland</strong> is <strong>Fernando Rodney</strong> everyone threw an inning without a shortcut from the bullpen to bring the ball to the ninth, at which point Martinez had a decision to make.</p>
<p>On three runs, the simple call was to give the ball closer. But Doolittle was not himself in the last month, often seeming spent by his heavy workload. And so Martinez had the option to use instead <strong>Daniel Hudson</strong> despite the rescue situation. (Later, Martinez said he was trying to give Hudson the night off.)</p>
<p>In the end, he stuck with Doolittle against the heart of the Milwaukee formation. And he paid dearly for it, right from the start.</p>
<p>Yelich made Doolittle's second shot fly along the left field line and over the fence for his 40th humerus of the season as the crowd muttered. Keston Hiura followed with a double to the gap in the center left. Mike Moustakas then tied a humerus of two shots to the center-left, tying the game, officially blowing the save and leaving the crowd discouraged.</p>
<p>"He didn't come out tonight," Doolittle said. "And that part of the order, that team? There really is no place to hide. "</p>
<p>While Hudson warmed up furiously in the pen, Doolittle remained on the mound to face another batter: Ryan Braun. His first shot ended on the left side of the field, the third humer of the Brewers of a frenetic inning, the seventh Doolittle now allowed in his last 10 appearances.</p>
<p>"I'm still looking for answers, to tell the truth," he said. "I don't know. We keep trying to get back to the drawing board. We're watching a movie. We're looking at the metrics. We're doing an extra job before the games. We changed a lot of my weight room routine and my maintenance schedules. I do not know."</p>
<p>All of this came at the end of a wild relationship that started in an agonizing way but quickly turned into the home club.</p>
<p>Under normal circumstances, <strong>By Aníbal Sánchez</strong> a start in four innings could have marked the destiny for the citizens. The right-wing veteran was eliminated from a disastrous third peak that saw seven consecutive brewers reach five of them. It was his worst start since late April, when he remained without a win.</p>
<p>This Nats club, however, was built to withstand the rare trip of an appetizer. A deeper bullpen helps. But a deep and powerful education capable of filling a deficit in a short time is the real key.</p>
<p>Sure enough, the citizens recovered from 5-0, tying the game in just two innings, thanks to two big explosions.</p>
<p>The first came from Soto, who after turning four shots away from Jordan Lyles got a curve ball on the plate and drove in the opposite direction for a two-stroke humerus, his 26th of the season.</p>
<p>An inning later, an unlikely source of energy hit to tie this game. Eaton beat a 1-1 shot along the right field line and in the bullpen for a three-shot homer and a 5-5 game by the end of the fourth.</p>
<p>Also <strong>Matt Grace</strong> the last explosive outbreak – two humerus, three allowed trips, three recorded exits – could not derail this national train. Despite facing another deficit, they took the back with five baserunners headed to sixth place to take their first advantage of the night.</p>
<p>The doubling back-to-back of Suzuki and Robles started the rally. The explosion of three shots by Turner on a curved ball on the first pitch of the legendary Freddy Peralta brought the biggest roar of the evening from the crowd (at that point).</p>
<p>On 9-8, they did not give up. Kendrick delivered the most astonishing humerus of the game with a 430 two-pitched humerus outside the dark green curly W logo that resides on the batter's eye in a dead field.</p>
<p>The pirogue dance party was in full force, and what had been a bullpen "B" game only a few innings earlier was now a bullpen "A" game for a national club that can't help but get in position to win close games late every single night.</p>
<p>I can't do it every single night. Which leads to long and frustrating nights like this.</p>
<p>"We just fight," Soto said. "We fight all the time. We only play 14 innings, fighting the entire game. We came back a couple of times. We can't do more. "</p><div class=

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