Click here to watch Nats win #30 on June 9th on MASN via MLB.TV at 6:30 pm tonight with the rest of us. Just a quick reminder of what we are doing if this is your first time: As a group, we are going to be re-watching all 105 wins from the Nats 2019 season in chronological order at 6:30 pm each night. We will all try to sync up to the same point in the game, and this is a work in progress to maneuver to the same point in the game. Feel free to ask in the comments section where everyone is in the game so you can sync up. Many people are joining in at different points, and most people are not commenting — rather just following along.
The MLB.TV library is unlocked and free to everyone for the 2018-2019 season courtesy of MLB. This win #30 came in the 65th game in the 2019 season, and the Nats took the a 29-35 record into this game. This is where manager Dave Martinez started preaching “Go 1-0 every game” and eventually the Nats turned a losing record into a winning record. It took the Nats until June 28th to reach a winning record and they got to 12 games above .500 on August 21st. They dug themselves a deep hole and it took much longer to dig out of it.
The road trip to San Diego did not start off too well as the Nats dropped two games by one-run each but they won the crucial 3rd game in the series and were going for the split in this game with Stephen Strasburg on the mound.
Strasburg returned to his childhood hometown of San Diego in the town he fell in love with baseball as Tony Gwynn was his boyhood idol. Strasburg was never considered a prospect worthy of drafting in High School and under the tutelage of Gwynn at San Diego State, Strasburg emerged as a star and the best pitcher and player in amateur baseball.
This game had historic significance as the Nats went on a home run barrage off of old friend Craig Stammen with four homers in a row, and a record second time the Nats franchise was able to do mash four in a row.
Washington Nationals at San Diego Padres
Stadium: Petco Park, San Diego, California