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Wire Taps: Nationals let Astros back in the World Series; Juan Soto turns 21; A.J. Hinch uses bullpen aggressively + more

Catch up on the exciting last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of Game 4 of the 2019 World Series...

World Series 2019 Game 3- Houston Astros at Washington Nationals Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images

It was the first World Series game in the nation’s capital since 1933, and it didn’t go like the Nationals hoped it would, but the good news is that Washington has a 2-1 advantage in the Fall Classic with two more to play at home in D.C.

Go read your links while we all wait for the start of Game 4...

NATS BEAT:

Game 3:

Nationals failed with RISP in Game 3. They must be better in Game 4 - (WaPost)
"The fans stood in anticipation because they had been taught, for the entirety of this month, that their Washington Nationals come through in these moments."

Suzuki's status up in the air after hip issue forces him from Game 3 - (MASN)
"The status of Kurt Suzuki is unknown heading into World Series Game 4 on Saturday night after the Nationals catcher exited Game 3 with what manager Davey Martinez said was a right hip flexor issue."

Nationals' bullpen history cast a shadow in Game 3 - (WaPost)
"Rather than trust his relievers to get 15 outs, Manager Dave Martinez let Aníbal Sánchez bat in a crucial spot. The gamble failed."

Nationals strand 12 runners in loss to Astros (MLB.com)
"The Nationals spent the first two games of this World Series cashing in on their scoring opportunities with efficiency."

Astros take Game 3 over Nationals as the infield hits bounce their way - (Washington Times)
"The Houston Astros didn’t look much like themselves in dropping two World Series games at home. So they resembled the Washington Nationals a bit in Game 3."

Juan Soto comes back down to Earth - (Washington Times)
"The atmosphere around Nationals Park was electric Friday night, as fans lined up hours before the first World Series game in the nation’s capital since 1933."

Nats hope fresh bullpen gives them advantage in Game 4 - (MASN)
"Frustrating as Friday night’s 4-1 loss was, the Nationals perhaps could take some solace knowing this..."

How Maryland's wealthiest man came to own the Washington Nationals - (wusa9.com)
"Two generations of Washingtonians grew up without baseball in their backyards when the Washington Senators broke hearts and left for Texas in 1971."

Nationals see silver lining in Game 3's hitting woes - (Washington Times)
"Despite getting on base in eight out of nine innings, the Nationals couldn’t get a timely hit Friday as they lost 4-1 in Game 3 of the World Series."

Corbin rested from Game 1, ready to take ball for Game 4 start - (MASN)
"Corbin has been able to pitch in a World Series game already. But is starting in the World Series a different deal?"

Houston got back into a World Series that has all the makings of a slugfest - (WaPost)
"Whoever wins the 115th World Series will have damn sure earned it, will have paid for it in bruises and welts."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

Pitching concerns for the Astros; how the Nationals got Soto; Bloom and the Red Sox; more notes – (The Athletic)
"In pursuit of Juan Soto, the Nationals engaged in some good, old-fashioned scouting chicanery."

Astros Take Game 3 from Aníbal Sánchez and the Nationals 4-1 - (FanGraphs Baseball)
"In a technical sense, Game 3 wasn’t a must-win for the Astros. In a practical sense, the odds of Houston winning four straight games against the Nationals are under 10%."

Did Dave Martinez Just Let the Astros Off the Mat? - (The Ringer)
"If Washington had won Game 3, the Astros would be in a near-insurmountable deficit."

Patrick Corbin -- the man who really replaced Bryce Harper -- is pitching for the Nationals in Game 4 - (ESPN)
"The Washington Nationals organization moved on from Harper pretty much the moment he filed for free agency. The fans have apparently done the same."

For the Nationals, a Former Bat Boy Mixes Numbers and Tradition - (The New York Times)
"Sam Mondry-Cohen, Washington’s 32-year-old assistant general manager, used his field-level understanding of baseball’s culture to modernize the club’s approach."

World Series 2019: Nationals executives praise coach Tim Bogar, who could be next Mets manager - (nj.com)
"Washington Nationals coach Tim Bogar is on the short list of candidates to become the next manager of the New York Mets, and his current bosses said he would be an excellent choice for the position."

Astros Take Game 3 from Aníbal Sánchez and the Nationals 4-1 - (FanGraphs Baseball)
"In a technical sense, Game 3 wasn’t a must-win for the Astros. In a practical sense, the odds of Houston winning four straight games against the Nationals are under 10%."

Did Dave Martinez Just Let the Astros Off the Mat? - (The Ringer)
"If Washington had won Game 3, the Astros would be in a near-insurmountable deficit."

Patrick Corbin -- the man who really replaced Bryce Harper -- is pitching for the Nationals in Game 4 - (ESPN)
"The Washington Nationals organization moved on from Harper pretty much the moment he filed for free agency. The fans have apparently done the same."

For the Nationals, a Former Bat Boy Mixes Numbers and Tradition - (The New York Times)
"Sam Mondry-Cohen, Washington’s 32-year-old assistant general manager, used his field-level understanding of baseball’s culture to modernize the club’s approach."

World Series 2019: Nationals executives praise coach Tim Bogar, who could be next Mets manager - (nj.com)
"Washington Nationals coach Tim Bogar is on the short list of candidates to become the next manager of the New York Mets, and his current bosses said he would be an excellent choice for the position."

World Series Game 3: Nationals in strong position to win Fall Classic over Astros - (Sports Illustrated)
"The rarest thing the sellout crowd on hand for Game 3 of the World Series saw on Friday was not a World Series game in Washington."

World Series Game 3: Astros beat Nationals thanks to manager AJ Hinch - (Sports Illustrated)
"Staring at a must-win game in Game 3 and a bullpen game in Game 4, Hinch managed the game like a driver taking a sharp bend on two of the car’s four wheels..."

World Series Game 3: Astros rebound on road vs. Nats - (Yahoo!Sports)
"Beyond that, the Astros needed to win a baseball game, win the little moments in the shadowy corners that once got them to 107 wins..."

How the Astros just gave this World Series a shot at greatness - (ESPN)
"The 115th World Series became a series Friday night. The Houston Astros, AWOL for the first two games, served notice they were no happy-to-be-here pushovers."