Trying to avoid an interleague series sweep, the Nationals needed a good start from Gio Gonzalez. They got one, but that still wasn't good enough. Until some high drama in the bottom of the ninth. Cruising for five innings, Gonzalez quickly got into trouble in the sixth when he walked Mike Trout and gave up an RBI double to Albert Pujols. The game tied 1-1 at that point and Gonzalez sitting on only 83 pitches, he surprisingly was pulled by manager Matt Williams in favor of rookie Aaron Barrett. Barrett wound up allowing the inherited runner to score, so Gonzalez suddenly was on the hook for the loss. It might have been a moot point had the Nationals been able to produce more at the plate. But they managed only one run against veteran Jered Weaver, getting a bunt single, a stolen base and an RBI single (from Gonzalez, of all people) in the bottom of the second. They attempted three bunts (including one by Bryce Harper in a highly unusual situation) but couldn't manufacture anything more than that one early run until the bottom of the ninth. That's when the Nationals somehow managed to flip the switch. Jose Lobaton homered off Angles closer Ernesto Frieri, who then put two more men on. Jayson Werth delivered the game-tying double, then scored the game-winner on Adam LaRoche's walk-off single to left-center off Fernando Salas. Just like that, the Nationals had another come-from-behind win, their most-dramatic to date.
LaRoche's walk-off hit saves Nationals from sweep vs. Angels
CSN Washington | Apr 24