Anthony Rendon hit the walk-off single that salvaged a game the Washington Nationals did all they could to lose, but in the end the Nats won their 11th in 14 with the Miami Marlins in 2019 to leave their NL East rivals with their 13th straight loss on the road.
The Fish haven’t won one on the road in August, and they have just one more chance to do so tonight...
While you’re waiting to see if they can do it, catch up on all the latest Nationals news.
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Rendon’s walk-off winner:
Nationals not at their best, but it’s good enough to beat the Marlins - (WaPost)
“'A little sloppy,' [Davey] Martinez said of his team’s overall performance. 'But you know what? We never quit. They kept playing and kept playing.'"
Rendon earns chants of 'M-V-P' with clutch RBIs - (MLB.com)
"This was the first walk-off hit for Rendon this season, and his first since August 2014, but in reality the Nationals have started to expect him to come through in these spots..."
Just for fun and watch the ⏱ on this to see how long it takes Trea Turner to slide across the plate... https://t.co/5arx57TNMP— federalbaseball (@federalbaseball) August 31, 2019
Daniel Hudson highlights up-and-down night for Nats bullpen - (MASN)
"Leading 5-4 heading into the top of the ninth, Hudson needed to record just three outs for his second save with the Nats, and his first since Aug. 13 against the Reds."
After Hudson blows lead, Rendon saves the day (updated) - (MASN)
"The Nationals did everything in their power to lose tonight’s series opener against the Marlins. Somehow they didn’t."
Anthony Rendon on the MVP chants after his walk-off single tonight: “People gonna people.”— Jesse Dougherty (@dougherty_jesse) August 31, 2019
Nationals' bullpen takes shape after Matt Grace is designated for assignment (WaPo)
The reorganization hints at newly defined roles as the Nationals prepare for the playoff push.
Joe Ross to start Monday, Adam Eaton out of lineup, Ryan Zimmerman likely back Sunday - (MASN)
"Martinez said he has been in close contact with Scherzer after his 89-pitch effort Wednesday night against the Orioles to gauge how the veteran was feeling."
Asked what went through his head when he saw Turner score, Rendon says, “We won?”— Todd Dybas (@Todd_Dybas) August 31, 2019
Juan Soto, Victor Robles share in the fun as they power Nationals (Washington Times)
As a couple of young stars still learning the ropes in the majors, Juan Soto and Victor Robles have been drawing on each other's support all season.
Max Scherzer ready to 'crank up the intensity' in next start (106.7 The Fan)
Nationals ace Max Scherzer hopes to crank up the intensity in his next start, saying he's also noticed an uptick in intensity from Nationals fans, something he hopes continues as they careen toward the postseason.
New Game: Try to find #Nats’ reliever Fernando Rodney’s 1st pitch in this picture: pic.twitter.com/j46u267NtT— federalbaseball (@federalbaseball) August 31, 2019
Washington Nationals’ possible playoff picture (WaPo)
The Washington Post's Sam Fortier breaks down what the Nationals' stretch run will look like and the challenges that lie ahead.
What would an all-time Nats lineup look like? (NBC Sports Washington)
The Nationals have had at least one All-Star at every position since moving to D.C. in 2005. Who would make the cut for their all-time lineup?
Nationals made their triumphant turnaround with a simple mantra (Washington Times)
Adam Eaton dropped what may be the theme of the 2019 Washington Nationals: "Like Paul Konerko once told me, you can only suck for so long."
Doolittle on Grace: “I’m devastated. Closest to him. Maybe it’s a lefty thing. He welcomed me in when I arrived. Didn’t get to say goodbye yet. I’ll catch up with him later . It stinks. “— Byron Kerr (@masnKerr) August 30, 2019
VIDEO: Ryne Stanek reflects on his performance against Nats - (FOX Sports)
"Miami Marlins' RHP Ryne Stanek breaks down his struggles from the mound and talks about finding his rhythm."
Miami Marlins set new franchise mark for road futility with walk-off loss in Washington - (Miami Herald)
"They are fighting right now to avoid setting nearly every mark for season-long futility in the history of the franchise."
Washington Nationals to host Loudoun South Little League team Saturday - (insidenova.com)
"Washington is recognizing Loudoun South for becoming the first Virginia team to reach the Little League World Series since 1994."
Ranking this season's top free-agent signings - (MLB.com)
"[Patrick] Corbin's arrival gave the Nationals a rotation built for October, with the lefty lining up behind Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg."
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