By Sam Bush
The Nationals’ stunning eighth-inning comeback beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 in the NL wild-card game last night.
The usually potent Brewers bullpen faltered at the worst possible time, as the Nats used a hit by pitch, bloop single and walk to overcome a 3-1 lead.
It was young star Juan Soto, still just 20 years old, who delivered the decisive blow.
A date against the Los Angeles Dodgers now awaits in the National League Division Series.
After Michael A. Taylor was hit, Ryan Zimmerman (above) came up as a pinch hitter and looped a single into centerfield. Nats star Anthony Rendon came up with two outs and Hader’s pitch count climbing. Rendon worked a walk, which brought Soto up with the bases loaded and a Nats lead one swing away.
Soto delivered with a single into right field that was misplayed by Trent Grisham that allowed the Nationals to score three runs and take a lead.
The Nats had seemed to be headed for another October disappointment after ace Max Scherzer gave up three runs in the first two innings — including homers to Yasmani Grandal and Eric Thames. Scherzer settled down, but the Nats’ offense had a tough time cracking the Brewers bullpen.