After Exciting Road Win, Washington Nationals Begin Important Home Stretch

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The Washington Nationals were 1-30 when trailing in a game after eight innings. Shockingly, they won anyway, 6-2, in 11 innings.

To say Washington needed a win last night would be a major understatement, and also majorly redundant.

The Nats were looking at yet another road loss and a 3-6 road trip. 4-5 to close out the road trip is really not that much better, but after having dismal offensive performances night after night, for Ian Desmond  to come up with the bases loaded in the 11th and hit gran slam was simultaneously shocking and pivotal.

Desmond is one of the leaders on this team, and has continuously been vocal about Washington’s struggles, knowing that they all needed to play much better.

What was also pivotal was Jayson Werth seemingly exercising some more Philadelphia Phillies demons. Werth’s average against the Phillies as a National has slowly climbed from .228 in 2011 to .333 now, and he now carries a career .276/.328/.439 slash line with three home runs and 16 RBIs as a National against the Phillies.

He tied the game against closer Jonathan Papelbon in the bottom of the ninth at 2-2. The outfielder said he tried to follow Davey Johnson‘s constant preaching of being aggressive as he went first pitch swinging for the game-tying single.

All in all, it was yet another game Washington desperately needed, and, for the umpteenth time, a game that could push momentum into their favor. The bottom line here is that Washington needs to start to string wins together, much like they did last year. A game like last night can snowball just as quickly as losses can. With Washington returning home, their timing could not have been better.

Get ready for the biggest seven-game homestand in Nationals history.

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