The fight is won. The Washington Nationals have claimed their very first World Series championship in their 15-year franchise history and the first in over 90 years of professional baseball in the nation’s capital. The Nationals eliminated the Houston Astros in an exciting 6-2 victory in which Max Scherzer, Patrick Corbin, and Daniel Hudson shone on the mound and the late-inning offense came alive to seal the title for the team.
Max Scherzer’s most anticipated start ended beautifully with 5 innings that ended with seven hits, two runs, four walks, and three strikeouts. All things considered with his neck and back strains, Scherzer did exactly what he needed to do, adding to his Hall of Fame campaign in the years to come.
For Patrick Corbin, he found redemption in a turbulent postseason pitching career by throwing three no-hit relief innings. Hudson clinched the win in a storybook 1-2-3 ninth inning, and the winning out came in the form of Michael Brantley striking out swinging.
Until the seventh inning, Zack Greinke locked in and prevented the Nats from scoring. That all changed when Anthony Rendon hit a solo homer run, rattling Greinke and prompting Astros manager AJ Hinch to pull the starter and bring in the bullpen. When Will Harris appeared to relieve Greinke in the seventh, Howie Kendrick mashed a two-run home run that struck the foul pole and put the Nationals on top 3-2. In the eighth, Juan Soto hit a single to score Adam Eaton, and in the ninth, Eaton hit a 2-run single to secure the 6-2 victory.
When all was said and done, the newly crowned champions received the Commissioner’s Trophy, and Stephen Strasburg was named the World Series MVP. For Nationals fans who have followed the team since 2005, this was the perfect ending after years of struggle and heartbreak. The district mayor Muriel Bowser has announced that the World Series Parade will take place this Saturday at 2 p.m., followed by a rally from the Nationals players.
We at Maryland Sports Blog congratulate the Nationals for their well-deserved victory. From 19-31 to World Series Champions, we are beyond proud of this team and are excited for what 2020 will bring.
For now, we celebrate!