Davey Martinez said the only thing he could compare last night’s improbable comeback, walk-off win over the New York Mets to was the Tampa Bay Rays’ 8-7 win over New York’s Yankees in Game 162 of the 2011 campaign.
Martinez was the bench coach for the Rays that season, when they came back from a 7-0 deficit to beat the Yankees and walk off with a win and a Wild Card spot.
Martinez’s club in D.C. beat the Mets after trailing by six runs going into the ninth inning of the second game of the three-game set in the nation’s capital, but they scored seven runs with Kurt Suzuki’s walk-off, three-run blast lifting the Nationals to an 11-10 win.
“This is by far — I mean this is by far — if I had to put it up against anything, this was Game 162 that we were in in Tampa, that kind of comeback,” Martinez said. “The boys are still in [the clubhouse] jacked up, and I had to remind them we have a day game tomorrow, go home, but it’s awesome.”
The win set up a rubber match with the Mets this afternoon in Nationals Park.
Suzuki told MASN’s Alex Chappell that it was a cool moment, but it was over, and the focus had to quickly shift to the series finale.
“It’s enjoy this one and come back tomorrow and do it all again,” the veteran catcher said.
His manager said watching Suzuki swing for the fences from the moment he stepped to the plate last night was exactly what he expected.
“He gets up there and takes hacks, and he gets in a good position to hit and he got a ball he could hit,” Martinez explained.
Will the Nationals manage a series win after it looked like they were set to lose the series last night?