It took 62 tries, not until a June 9 doubleheader against the Twins, before the 2013 Nationals came from three runs down to win a ballgame. Only eight games into the 2014 season, the Nationals have already done it twice. And after Wednesday's dramatic, back-and-forth, plucked-out-of-thin-air, 10-7 victory over the Marlins, it was perhaps fair to wonder whether this year's club is already establishing itself as one capable of doing this sort of thing on a regular basis. "You hope so," said Jayson Werth, whose eighth-inning grand slam off Carlos Marmol proved the difference. "I never felt out of this game, that's for sure." It took just about everything the Nationals had in them to storm back to win a ballgame in which starter Jordan Zimmermann was yanked after a career-worst 1 2/3 innings, having placed his teammates in a 5-0 hole. Even when they rallied to take a 6-5 lead in the sixth thanks to Bryce Harper's monstrous homer into the third deck down the right-field line and some fortuitous bounces later on, the Nationals ultimately needed Werth's blast after relievers Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard let the Marlins recapture the lead. The grand slam into the visitors' bullpen came after Miami manager Mike Redmond elected to intentionally walk the .419-hitting Anthony Rendon, loading the bases for Werth in hopes of inducing a double play. Werth might have taken some offense to that strategy.
Harper, Werth homers power Nats' comeback win over Marlins
CSN Washington | Apr 10