Washington came down with a case of Houstonitis.
After doing everything right in its two games in Houston, the Nationals come back and do what the Astros had done in Games 1 and 2.
It failed when it mattered.
The Nationals went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. And left a total of 14 runners on base.
Houston, on the other hand, went 4-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
And that was the difference in Game 3.
It was a game the Houston Astros absolutely had to win. The difference between being down three games to none and two games to one is monumental. One is insurmountable. The other is merely an annoyance.
As complicated as the number nerds try to make it, baseball is a simple game. When you hit with runners in scoring position, you win. When you don’t, you don’t.
It’s all about taking advantage of the opportunities thrown your way.
Houston failed to do that the first two games. They accomplished it last night.
And that’s the difference. Simple as that.
Jose Urquidy vs. Patrick Corbin
Game time: 7:07 on FOX