Click here to watch Nats win #39 on June 26th 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 #39 came in the 79th game in the 2019 season, and the Nats took the a 38-40 record into this game. Manager Dave Martinez was preaching “Go 1-0 every game” and eventually the Nats turned their 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 Nats had a chance to get back to one game under .500 which they had not seen since April 24th. The slide from April 23rd to May 23rd was epic as the team went 8-20 in those next 28-games. The Nats best pitcher in those first 50-games was back at it in this game and pitched another gem in this one.
Just like on May 24th, the Nats torched reliever Tayron Guerrero for the ultimate difference in the game as the Nats bullpen almost blew it in the 9th inning with a 7-1 lead as Javy Guerra had a meltdown, and once again in a laugher, manager Davey Martinez had to go to his “A” bullpen.
The Nats offense only amassed a paltry seven hits in this game against some bad Marlins pitching and the good news they came one short of that hit total in walks. In total, the Nats worked six free passes and Trea Turner was on-base for 4-of-his-5 plate appearances and wreaking havoc. Big City Matt Adams did what he does and smashed a much-needed three run jack in the game for runs the Nats really did need in the final tally.