Saturday, April 15, 2017

A Spectacular Finish — Murphy Comes Through in the 10th

The Nats battled back to tie the game. They left plenty of runners on the bases which was not a good thing. But as I said they battled back to send the game into extra innings with this amazing finish.

I stopped taking pictures at this point to cheer on the win.

Here's a quick run down of the game from the Post:
There will be days in this long season when the Washington Nationals will not mash their way to victory. It may not happen often for a lineup as deep as theirs, but it will happen, and when it does, the onus shifts to the club’s other facets — to the starting pitcher, the bullpen and the defense — to provide the club with a win. Friday was one of those days.

Stephen Strasburg continued the Nationals starters’ run of dominance and held the Philadelphia Phillies to two runs over seven innings . A defense that had made nine errors in Washington’s first nine games — a number the Nationals didn’t reach until Game 27 last season — committed none Friday. And the bullpen, the scrutinized one with a 6.75 ERA in 29⅓ innings, didn’t concede a run in three innings, holding on long enough for Daniel Murphy to double home Bryce Harper in a 3-2, 10-inning walk-off victory at Nationals Park.

Murphy’s double was a line drive down the left field line off Jeanmar Gomez, the Phillies’ closer until the Nationals (6-4) scored three runs against him Sunday in Philadelphia. Harper had singled to lead off the frame, and third base coach Bob Henley, never hesitant to gamble, waved him home, with Harper’s helmet flying off and bouncing off the back of his left foot as he rounded the bag. Harper completed the 270-foot scamper with a smooth headfirst slide. Jayson Werth was there for a hug.

Here's the hit that won game!

Notice how big of a lead Harper has off a first.

Harper is in motion as soon at Murphy hits the ball

Murphy is mobbed after his hit.

Baker congratulates Haper.

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