Let the playoffs begin! We’re back at it again, simulating the Wild Card games to give you a preview of tonight and tomorrow’s do or die games.
Our track record shows we’re pretty good at this…
Back to tonight. Here we have the NL Wild Card game between Milwaukee and Washington and tomorrow we’ll have Tampa Bay vs. Oakland.
Who will move on to the NLDS against Los Angeles? Let’s find out!
Leading off for Milwaukee, Trent Grisham takes the 6th pitch from Max Scherzer deep, barely clearing the wall but silencing the crowd from the start. Fellow rookie Keston Hiura does the same, homering in the first as Milwaukee goes up 2-0.
Washington gets runners on 1st and 3rd in their half of the second but Drew Pomeranz comes out of the bullpen and immediately gets Kurt Suzuki to ground into a double play, preserving the 2-0 lead. It’s quiet until the 4th, when the Nationals again get runners on and load the bases with two outs and Suzuki at the plate. This time it’s Jordan Lyles that gets out of it, striking out the catcher and keeping Washington scoreless.
Washington does get a runner across in the 5th on an RBI hit from Juan Soto but Adam Eaton was thrown out attempting to score and tie the game. Milwaukee still held it’s narrow 2-1 lead through 5.
In a theme for Washington on the day, they leave another runner in scoring position in the 6th as they strand Howie Kendrick on 3rd after a leadoff triple. Nationals pitching continues to shut down Brewers hitters and keep them in the game.
Josh Hader entered the game in the 8th for Milwaukee and struck out 5 of the 6 hitters he faced to finish the game for Milwaukee.
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