Perfect Beginning

2019 National League Wildcard Game


Laurel Adams

Nationals Stadium during the 2019 National League Game

With an end to an exciting and nail-biting 2019 season, the Major League Baseball postseason began on Tuesday, Oct. 1. The postseason began with the National League Wildcard game where the Milwaukee Brewers took on the Washington Nationals. After such an exciting season, the average fan would expect no less than an exciting postseason, and it did not disappoint.

The scoring started fast, with the Brewers going up 2-0 in the first inning, courtesy of catcher Yasmani Grandal. In the second inning, Brewers’ first baseman, Eric Thames, hit a home run to make the score 3-0. Nationals shortstop, Trea Turner, hit a fly-ball to center field to take back a run and make it 3-1 Brewers. Throughout the game, pitching from both teams was phenomenal. Brewers’ starting pitcher, Brandon Woodruff, lasted four innings and only allowed one run, two hits and struck out three players. Nationals’ starting pitcher, Max Scherzer, fared slightly worse. He lasted five innings and allowed three runs on four hits and six strikeouts.

The eighth inning is when things got really exciting. In the bottom of the eighth inning Nationals’ left fielder, Juan Soto, came up to bat with the bases loaded. With a quick little flick of the wrist, Soto blasted a single into right field. Michael Taylor, Andrew Stevenson and Anthony Rendon all scored, clearing the bases, because Brewers’ right fielder, Trent Grisham, let the ball escape and drift past him, resulting in an error. The score ended 4-3, with the Nationals victorious.

After Nationals pitcher, Daniel Hudson, allowed one hit and struck out one to end the game. The Nationals completed an unlikely comeback, after trailing 3-1 most of the game. They will now have the honor of facing the number one seed, Los Angeles Dodgers, in the National League Divisional Series starting Thursday, Oct. 3.

All in all, the Nationals comeback in the NL Wildcard game will be one that Nationals’ fans will remember, and Brewers fans will dread to think about.