The Washington Nationals celebrating on the field after clinching the World Series title.
By: Raegan Subban
Entering the 2019 MLB season the Washington Nationals were far from favorites to win the World Series. They lost arguably their best player, Bryce Harper, in the offseason to the Philadelphia Phillies.
With a 19-31 record after the month of May, it wasn’t looking good for the Nats to even make the postseason.
However, after breaking into the 2019 Major League Baseball postseason as a wildcard team, the Nationals defied the odds and won it all. Washington defeated the Houston Astros in the 2019 World Series to win for the first time in franchise history.
The Nationals were coming off a serious break after sweeping the St Louis Cardinals in the 2019 NLCS. Surprising everyone, they managed to steal game one after a 5-4 victory in Houston. The most shocking part of this game was that the Astros ace, Gerrit Cole, suffered his first loss since May of 2019.
Game two, the Nationals took things to another level. They managed to put up twelve runs on fourteen hits to defeat the Astros 12-3. The Nationals offense was on fire with home runs from Kurt Suzuki, Adam Eaton, and Michael Taylor. Washington’s starter, Stephen Strasburg held it down with only two runs over six innings on seven hits.
When the series flipped to Washington at Nationals Park, the momentum did too. The Astros came out looking for blood, winning game three 4-1, starting to see the bats come alive.
With momentum, Houston finally started to get things going in game three. A grand slam by Alex Bregman put the Astros up 8-1 and gave them the game four win.
Game five, the Astros took a 3-2 lead in the World Series after defeating Washington 7-1 in the nation’s capital, pushing them to the edge of elimination.
The teams headed back to Houston for a rematch of game 2. Stephen Strasburg took the mound for the Nationals, while Justin Verlander started for the Astros. Strasburg ended up pitching a gem to force a game seven, and only allowed two runs over 8.1 innings pitched. Offensively, the Nationals were powered by home runs from Eaton, Soto, and Rendon after one of the most controversial plays in the World Series.
Now came the best two words in sports. Game seven. Thanks to Gurriel and Correa, the Astros got to the Nationals ace, Scherzer, early for two runs. With Greinke throwing an absolute gem on the mound, it seemed that it was all but over for the Nationals, but Greinke eventually had to depart the game. When he left, the Nationals were able to get on the board from a home run by Rendon. The very next inning, it was 2019 NLCS MVP Howie Kendrick who homered claim the lead for the Nationals.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Nationals broke it open with Eaton hitting a single to center field, driving in two more runs for the Nationals to lead 6-2. The ball was then placed in Patrick Corbin’s hand, who would go on to pitch three innings, only allowing two hits for the Nationals. Hudson would go out for the ninth inning for the Nationals, recording three outs and sealing the victory.
The Astros bullpen would falter, ultimately leading to the demise of the Astros and allowing the Nationals to get their first-ever World Series victory. The Nationals began the season on pace to losing over 100 games. They finished it by bringing a championship to the nation’s capital for the first time in 95 years.
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