Matty Ice Walks-Off his Old Team

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By Michael Marzzacco

On a rough night for DC sports fans, the Nationals were the only team to provide happiness to those in the DMV that night as they rallied in the ninth inning. It was ultimate payback after losing in walk-off fashion the night before.

Washington had to came back from a 5-1 and 6-2 deficit as the Orioles put pressure early on their Beltway rivals. Stephen Strasburg took the hill for the Nats and went six innings allowing five runs on eight hits while striking out nine. Baltimore scored three runs in the first inning to go up 3-0 which included RBI singles from Caleb Joseph and Adam Jones.

The Nats got their first run in the bottom of the fourth with a base hit by Michael Taylor into left field that scored Anthony Rendon. The Orioles went back up 5-1 in the top of the fifth with a home run by Mark Trumbo. The Nats got that run back in the bottom of that frame after loading the bases. Daniel Murphy grounded into a fielder’s choice that scored Trea Turner.

In the top of the seventh, Manny Machado homered to put the O’s up 6-2. In the bottom of the eighth, Taylor belted a two-run home run over the wall in left-center to pull the Nationals within 6-4. In the ninth, that’s when the magic happened.

Jayson Werth led off the inning with a home run.

Bryce Harper continued the rally with a double into left field. Ryan Zimmerman would then ground out and Daniel Murphy would be intentionally walked by O’s reliever Brad Brach. Rendon followed with a single into center that loaded the bases. Wieters would end the game with a walk-off base hit into right field that sent the Nats fans home happy.

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