Click here to watch Nats win #35 on June 19th 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 #35 came in the 73rd game in the 2019 season, and the Nats took the a 34-38 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.
This game was the memorable Max Scherzer “black eye” game after he broke his nose while taking batting practice when he jabbed at a ball for a bunt and the ball ricocheted off of the bat to his nose and right eye. It was tough to watch on replay, but Max was back for his scheduled start as part of a day/night doubleheader. Patrick Corbin pitched a gem of a game earlier in the day for a win and Scherzer would take the nightcap for this long day that would push the Nats to just 3-games under .500 with the doubleheader sweep!
It was also great to strike a blow to a division rival as the Nats were pushing the leapfrog the Phillies who were still clinging to second place.
Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals
Stadium: Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.