Unlike Anything You’ll Ever See: Ten Games, Five Walkoffs, Hundreds of Stories

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It started innocently enough. A blowout of the Mets started the streak, which was not a new accomplishment. The Nationals easily swept the series. Then, it began to get more challenging as Pittsburgh came into town. The Nats were barely able to hold on in the first game, as Rafael Soriano continued his struggles, but was able to hold on for a 5-4 win. The next game, after three lead changes, the Nationals were able to walk-off on a Wilson Ramos double. The next night, Scott Hairston owned the magic bat, and he lead the home team to the second straight walk-off. After sending Pittsburgh home without a win to show for the series, Arizona came to¬†town. LaRoche continued the walk-off theme, sending an absolute moon-shot into right field to end it. The Nationals were finally able to win without a walk-off the next day, destroying the D-Backs 8-1. But, the next night held another walk-off, as Rendon singled to end it. And the very next day, a 0-0 tie was broken on an errant throw by Jordan Pacheco. The Nationals won their tenth straight, and Matt Williams, as promised, will break out the ancient impersonation of “The Great Bambino”, Babe Ruth. But in terms of being the most important thing, none of the things that were just mentioned have been the most impressive element of this ten game win streak.
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The Biggest Hero This Year Is Not A Player

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While Anthony Rendon has had an astounding breakout season, hitting for power, average and just plain well, he is not the reason this season has happened the way it has. While Jayson Werth enjoyed a hot month of July, Denard Span has been the consistent lead off hitter the Nats have needed, the rotation has been outstanding and the bullpen has been lights-out, the big reason the Nationals have been doing what they are doing is behind the scenes. Continue reading