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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Trent Grisham fielding error helps Nationals win NL Wild Card Game

Trent Grisham error

An error in right field by Trent Grisham helped the Washington Nationals claim their first lead of the NL Wild Card Game on Tuesday night, one the team did not relinquish.

The Nats were trailing 3-1 since the fourth inning and looked to be in trouble having to face Josh Hader in the eighth inning. Hader struck out Victor Robles, hit Michael Taylor, and struck out Trea Turner. The Nats had a runner on first with two outs. Then Ryan Zimmerman reached on a bloop single and Anthony Rendon walked to load the bases.

That’s when Juan Soto ripped a single to right that would have scored at least one. But the Nats got a big break when a bad hop resulted in Grisham missing the ball in right. The rookie had to go run it down, allowing three runs to score.

Thanks to the error, the Nats took a 4-3 lead. Daniel Hudson came in to pitch the ninth. Though he allowed one runner to reach, he shut things down to win the game.

The Nationals will now advance to face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS.

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