While starter Jon Lester didn’t figure into the decision after giving up six runs in four innings, the game was saved in the 8th inning by Daniel Hudson who had to come in as Will Harris gave up two runs and had a runner on second base. Hudson shut the Birds down and handed the ball off to Brad Hand who pitched a perfect 9th inning for the save.
“Thats’ why we call him the captain,” Manager Dave Martinez said on Zimmerman. “Kudos to him.”
Yes, Zim and others came up with key hits all day as the team was 6-14 in RISP spots, and the team put together 15 hits in only 39 at-bats and the official scorer could have given Jordy Mercer a hit in what was scored an error to push across the Nats final run on the day. Also impressive were the two key pinch-hits by Yadiel Hernandez and Andrew Stevenson in the game.
It was the largest Nats comeback since that 2019 game in September 3rd of 2019 against the Mets when the Nats overcame a six run deficit to walk-off in the ninth inning. With this win, the Nats have clinched the series win and will go for the sweep tomorrow.