October 25, 2020

Washington Nationals Game 123 Review: Nats Walk Off for Third Straight Game to Extend Win Streak to Seven

It’s been the same story for three consecutive games, but for the Washington Nationals, it hasn’t gotten old.

To cap off an up-and-down performance against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Adam LaRoche hit a solo home run to hand the Nationals a 5-4 walk-off win in 11 innings at Nationals Park Monday night.

The victory marked the Nats’ third straight walk-off win – a feat that has never before happened in Nationals history.

Washington starter Jordan Zimmermann came up with a decent performance, allowing three runs on four hits and three walks through seven innings pitched, while striking out only two. It was, however, enough to keep the Nationals in the hunt, although Zimmermann did allow the Diamondbacks to retake the lead in the eighth before being relieved.

Until that point, Zimmermann’s only run allowed came by way of a Mark Trumbo walk, Miguel Montero single and, following a sacrifice bunt, a sacrifice fly by Jake Lamb that made it 1-0 Diamondbacks.

The Nats briefly took the lead off Arizona starter Vidal Nuno in the seventh when, after Ian Desmond drew a one-out walk, Wilson Ramos hit a two-out, two-run homer to make it 2-1 Nationals.

In the eighth, Zimmermann walked Lamb to start things off before giving up a two-run shot to Didi Gregorious – his fifth home run of the season.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Nats came up big against right-hander Brad Ziegler.

With one out, Denard Span doubled and Anthony Rendon brought him home on a triple to deep right. Then, Jayson Werth batted in Rendon with a sacrifice fly to left to give the Nats a 4-3 lead.

In the ninth, however, Tyler Clippard faltered – quickly.

On just his third pitch thrown, Clippard allowed a game-tying home run to David Peralta. The Nats failed to answer in the bottom of the inning, instead opting to heighten dramatics with yet another extra-innings contest.

The Diamondbacks threatened in the tenth as Drew Storen allowed a two-out double to Ender Inciarte before walking Aaron Hill. He regained control in time to force Peralta to ground out to end the inning, but the Nats failed to get a base runner in the bottom of the tenth.

Things got off to a rocky start for Craig Stammen in the eleventh, as well.

Stammen allowed an early single to Trumbo before walking Montero and loading the bases with a single to Jordan Pacheco – only to retire the next three batters to end the inning.

As if recognizing that Nats’ pitching could not hold out for long, LaRoche emerged the hero of Monday night’s game by working through five pitches to power a solo homer over the right-field wall to win the game.

With the victory, the Nationals now carry a seven-game win streak, and stand in first place in the National League East by six games over the Atlanta Braves.

 

 

About Alyssa Wolice

Alyssa Wolice is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Nationals and Wizards. As a former production assistant, she covered the Nationals, Redskins, Capitals, Wizards, D.C. United and local collegiate teams. You can follow Alyssa on Twitter @awolice.

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