Who would’ve thought that a win against the dreadful Miami Marlins on July 5th would be the biggest win of the season?
Yesterday the Nats found themselves a game under .500, on a 5 game losing streak. Posting a 2-8 record in their last 10 games, and losing 18 of their last 24 overall has been disappointing, to say the least. To put it kindly, they were playing terrible baseball, and the season felt like it was slipping away. After being swept at home to the Boston Red Sox, the Nats decided to hold a players-only meeting to turn the season around. Every D.C. sports fan was praying that the players-only meeting would go better than the one the Wizards had earlier this year, which “didn’t accomplish anything.”
Which takes us to last night. Through 4 innings, it looked as if they were headed for yet another disparaging loss as they were down 9-0 to a horrible Marlins team. Teams down by 9 or more runs this season were 0-103. A comeback by the Nats looked bleak, to say the least, but despite being booed by their own fans, they kept fighting.
Trea Turner started off the rally in the bottom of the 4th with a solo homer, finally waking up the rest of the Nats. By the bottom of the 6th, the Nats were only down 9-6 with the bases loaded and Trea Turner up at the plate again. In a moment that could end up changing the entire complexity of the Nats season, Turner hit a grand slam to give the Nats a 10-9 lead. Kelvin Herrera and Sean Doolittle took care of business from there, and the Nats won 14-12.
I understand if your skeptical to believe that a July 5th win against the Miami Marlins would really mean that much. The reality is the Nats are now 43-43, 6 games behind the first place Braves, and 5 games out of the second wild-card spot. However, the Nats absolutely needed this win. They were desperate to regain some momentum and, quite frankly, needed to be reminded of how good they can be. With Gio Gonzalez on the mound tonight, hopefully, the Nats can carry the momentum of last night’s comeback win and start a win streak before the all-star break.