Who doesn’t like a little drama?
OK, before you wonder whether you’ve accidentally clicked on a blog about HBO’s latest Sunday night offering or the season’s top Hollywood blockbuster film, rest assured that we’re still all baseball all the time here at MASNsports.com.
But along with incredible offensive performances, spectacular pitching efforts and historical moments aplenty, we like to think of “Nationals Classics” on MASN as your place to add a little diamond drama to your daily viewing.
That’s the overriding theme of this week’s smattering of “Nationals Classics,” from exciting endings to a mammoth comeback to pitching perfection.
So get your popcorn, Sno Caps and favorite beverage, and settle into your most comfortable chair for some of Nationals baseball’s best memories.
Thursday, Oct. 25, noon - When the Nats hosted the Cardinals on April 21, 2015, they got a walk-off from an unlikely source. Third baseman Yunel Escobar hadn’t hit a game-ending homer in four years, until he connected off Carlos Villanueva for a 2-1 victory in 10 innings.
Thursday, Oct. 26, 9 a.m. - How about a back-and-forth affair while you munch on Cheerios and buttered toast? On April 9, 2014, the Marlins and Nationals traded leads until Jayson Werth hammered a Carlos Marmol pitch deep into the D.C. night for a grand slam in the eighth inning, the decisive blow in a slugfest in which Washington prevailed 10-7.
Monday, Oct. 29, 12:30 p.m. - If we’re going to discuss dramatic blasts, few possess the cache of Dan Uggla’s heroics on April 28, 2015 in a 13-12 win in Atlanta. The Nats at one point trailed 9-1 in a game they rallied to win, the biggest deficit they’ve ever erased. Uggla’s three-run shot in the ninth off Jason Grilli was the capper.
Tuesday, Oct. 30, 9 a.m. - In another crushing defeat for the Braves - that never gets old, does it? - it was Michael A. Taylor’s turn to deliver the big hit. Pinch-hitting for Jonathan Papelbon in the home 10th, Taylor turned on a Brandon Cunniff pitch and hit a three-run homer for a 5-2 Nationals win.
Tuesday, Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m. - We promised you some arms among the batting highlights, and few were better than Max Scherzer’s on Oct. 3, 2015, the penultimate day of the season. Scherzer struck out nine in a row en route to his second no-hitter of the season, a 2-0 gem in which he fanned 17.
Wednesday, Oct. 31, 12:30 p.m. - No Halloween tricks here, only a treat: Stephen Strasburg was removed from the game after 6 2/3 no-hit innings, and relievers Blake Treinen, Matt Belisle and Oliver Pérez finshed up what ended up being a three-hitter in a 12-1 rout of the Reds. With the victory on July 3, 2016, Strasburg improved to 11-0 on the season.