The goal is always the same: Win the game.
But in baseball, not every win looks or feels the same. Sometimes, pitchers dominate. Other times, the hitters take center stage. Games can be blowouts, decided long before the final out, or tense affiars that go down to the wire.
This week’s platter of “Nationals Classics” on MASN shows a variety of ways the Nats won games over the past handful of years.
Friday, Dec. 10 - 5:30 p.m. - Newly minted American League Gold Glove winner Michael A. Taylor was the hitting hero on Sept. 11, 2020, singling home Adam Eaton in the 12th inning to give the Nationals an 8-7 walk-off win over the Braves.
Sunday, Dec. 12 - 11:30 p.m. - On June 15, 2016, the Nats and Cubs traded leads like they were baseball cards in a 5-4 Nats triumph in 12 innings. The Cubs scored a go-ahead run off Yusmeiro Petit in the top of the 12th, before Taylor’s RBI single tied the game in the bottom half and Jayson Werth’s walk-off hit sealed the victory.
Monday, Dec. 13 - 2:30 p.m. - A pair of eighth-inning home runs - a three-run Juan Soto blast and a solo blast by Matt Adams - were enough to turn the tide in a 12-10 slugfest win over the Marlins on May 24, 2019.
Tuesday, Dec. 14 - 3:30 p.m. - Today’s doubleheader of retro games begins with this classic comeback from Sept. 3, 2019, a precursor to the Nats’ magical October run. Down 10-4 to the Mets entering the bottom of the ninth, the Nats erupted for seven runs. Ryan Zimmerman’s two-run double preceded a three-run Kirt Suzuki walk-off homer off Edwin Díaz.
Tuesday, Dec. 14 - 11:30 p.m. - For tonight’s nightcap, here’s the opener of a twinbill in Philadelphia that turned into a Soto power show. On Sept. 11, 2018, Soto went deep twice, including a solo homer in the top of the 10th that gave the Nats a 7-6 win over the Phillies. Soto finished 3-for-4 with four RBIs.
Wednesday, Dec. 15 - noon - On April 24, 2016, the Twins and Nats needed 16 innings to decide a Sunday interleague getaway game. Bryce Harper’s ninth-inning blast forced extras, each team scored in the 15th and Chris Heisey led off the home 16th with a solo homer to left-center for the 6-5 win.