August 8, 2020

Washington Nationals Game 125 Review: Nats Walk off Yet Again to Extend Win Streak to Nine

ANTHONY RENDON’S PINCH-HIT SINGLE HELPS NATS EDGE DIAMONDBACKS

For the fourth time in five games, the Washington Nationals won in walk-off fashion – this time, to record a 3-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday night at Nationals Park.

Anthony Rendon started the day on the bench, but with one out and two on – and the game on the line – Nationals manager Matt Williams opted to insert Rendon into the order. And, in return, the Nats earned their ninth consecutive “Curly W,” improving their record to a National League-best 72-53 and extending their lead over the Atlanta Braves to seven games in the NL East.

Starter Tanner Roark was sharp as he allowed no runs on five hits and one walk through seven innings pitched.

The Nats provided Roark with a 1-0 lead in the second inning when, with runners on first and third, Wilson Ramos hit into an RBI fielder’s choice off the Diamondbacks’ Trevor Cahill.

With Cahill still on the mound, Washington added an additional run in the sixth on back-to-back doubles by Asdrubal Cabrera and Jayson Werth.

But, in the eighth, Clippard quickly cost the Nats their lead.

After walking Jordan Pacheco, he allowed a two-run homer to Ender Inciarte, which tied the game.

Clippard went on to give up a single to Cliff Pennington before striking out David Peralta. After that, the Nats called on Drew Storen to face Mark Trumbo and pitch out of the inning.

The Nats saved the dramatics for the ninth, having only drawn a walk in the bottom of the eighth.

After Bryce Harper led off the ninth with a single off Evan Marshall, Ramos struck out swinging before Kevin Frandsen’s single gave Washington runners at the corners.

Then, on a 1-0 count, Rendon grounded a single to left to bring home Harper.

The Nats are one win away from tying the team record of 10 straight, set in 2005.

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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