Josh Beckett had pitched seven scoreless innings and allowed just two hits.
It sure looked like the Nationals were going to have to wait another day to lock up a playoff spot.
Well, maybe not.
Six Nats runs came around to score in the bottom of the eighth, turning a laugher for the Dodgers into a fantastic ballgame. Twelve Nats came to the plate as they smacked two homers and had seven hits.
Michael Morse had three RBIs over two at-bats and Steve Lombardozzi crushed a two-run shot, helping the Nats crawl their way back into a ballgame it looked like they were done with.
This is remarkable. Tyler Clippard now enters in a tie game after the Nats trailed by six runs seemingly five minutes ago.
And how large does that blown call at home loom in which umpires awarded the Dodgers a run even though Matt Kemp hadn’t touched home prior to Ryan Zimmerman’s tag of Adrian Gonzalez? The tag of Gonzalez took place with Kemp a good 10 feet from the plate. There’s no way that run should’ve counted.
Without it, this is a much different ballgame right now.
Update: Clippard’s fourth pitch of the ninth inning left the yard.
Kemp crushed a solo shot to center, putting the Dodgers back up 7-6.
Update: It was all set up to be a storybook way for the Nats to clinch a playoff spot. Come back from a six-run deficit in the eighth and dramatically earn the win that locked it all up.
Instead, Kemp put the celebrations on hold and the Nats lost 7-6.
Great ballgame, but it’s a bit of a letdown.