I’m not sure we’ll do this for every Nats playoff game, but we’ll do it for this one, a 3-2 win in Game 1 at St. Louis.
Tyler Moore — The kid sat for seven-plus innings before digging in for his first playoff at-bat, down 2-1 with two on and two outs, and knocking a basehit the other way for the game-tying and -winning RBI’s.
Ryan Mattheus — St. Louis was about to break it open in the seventh with the bases loaded and no outs. Then Mattheus got a force at the plate and a double-play ball on just two pitches. Fire extinguished. Two-pitch innings are high-lev Natitude.
Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen — Clip & Save didn’t allow a runner in the eighth or ninth, closing it out with ease.
Kurt Suzuki — Big RBI knock in the second. Had to catch Gio.
Ian Desmond — Three hits. Seems clutch. Kinda Jeter-y.
Gio Gonzalez — I was getting flashbacks to Rick Ankiel during the second inning as Gio issued four walks and allowed two runs without giving up a hit. He got back on track, though, lasting five despite walking seven. Hope it’s out of his system.
Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman, Adam LaRoche and Mike Morse — Two-for-18 from the heart of the order with five K’s (two errors too).
Danny Espinosa — Three K’s on the day. Looks lost out there.
Jayson Werth — K’d thrice, stranding six runners in his second and third at-bats alone. Made one hell of a catch, though.
Davey Johnson — Did a great job getting the game-deciding Moore-Marc Rzepczynski matchup. Not sure what he was thinking with that Espinosa bunt, even if it worked out in the end.