Sometimes all it takes is one at-bat to exhale.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, down 3-1 in the game and facing the daunting possibility of being down two games to none, the Washington Nationals were playing tight, scared, with the legacy of losing weighing down heavily upon them and their crowd.
They needed a hero.
Then Bryce Harper got ahold of a Carl Edwards pitch and hit it out of the park for a game-tying two-run homer that changed the tone of the game, and the series. The Nationals piled on three more runs, won the game 6-3 and evened the series. It’s the only one of the four series that isn’t 2-0.
The Dodgers head to Arizona up two games. The Astros head to Boston up two games. The Indians head to New York up two games. But the Nationals head to Chicago even.
Drama will ensue. Exhaling has commenced.
Brad Peacock (13-2, 3.00) vs. Doug Fister (5-9, 4.88)
Game time: 1:38 on FS1
Carlos Carrasco (18-6, 3.29) vs Masahiro Tanaka (13-12, 4.74)
Game time: 7:38 on FS1