The Nationals loaded the bases with no outs yet still failed

Nationals walk off with a win over Marlins

moncler sale Mark Reynolds heads home with a smile cheap moncler sale on his face after hitting the game winning home run Friday night to beat the Marlins, monlcer down jackets 3 2. Reynolds has titanic power, and after his team wasted a prime scoring opportunity the previous inning, Martinez believed one swing of Reynolds’s bat could save a weary bullpen from extra innings. Reynolds understood his task. moncler sale

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moncler outlet uk Reynolds’s assignment was made easier once Miami Marlins reliever Kyle Barraclough threw him three straight balls. Given the green light, Reynolds fouled off a fastball. He hunted moncler sale for another one on the next pitch and got it 95 mph over the inner half and launched it into the visitors’ bullpen to give the Nationals a 3 2 walk off win at Nationals Park. moncler outlet uk

moncler factory outlet If momentum exists in baseball, the victory kept moncler sale outlet it going for the Nationals a night after a wild 14 12 comeback win. They are 2 0 since their players only meeting, are back over.500 at 44 43 and moved within five games of the first place Atlanta Braves in the National League East. moncler factory outlet

moncler jackets outlet “I don’t want to say it’s a turning point of the season,” Reynolds said, “but hopefully it instills some confidence in here that it gets us back to who we know we are.” moncler jackets outlet

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The ninth inning was a dramatic swing from the previous frames, which featured the Nationals squandering chances to break the tie. In the sixth inning, Wilmer Difo watched Cameron Maybin rob him of a run scoring double cheap moncler jackets with a diving catch in right center field. In the seventh, Juan Soto’s line drive, which would have given Washington the lead, was tracked buy moncler jackets down by Garrett Cooper in left field.

moncler sale outlet The eighth inning may have been the most painful. The Nationals loaded the bases with no outs yet still failed to score. moncler sale outlet

By the time Reynolds came to the plate, the bullpen had delivered four scoreless innings, allowing just one hit. That followed another laborious start from Gio Gonzalez (five innings, eight hits, four walks and 114 pitches).

cheap moncler outlet Martinez has been around Gonzalez for only a few months, but it didn’t take long to diagnose Gonzalez’s problem when things go awry. It has nothing to do with the physical. Not mechanics, not moncler mens jackets velocity, not command. The problem is between the ears, and it has shackled the durable but occasionally moncler outlet store maddening Gonzalez for nearly a month.”We talk a lot before he goes out there,” Martinez said. “And then as he’s pitching we try to encourage him cheap moncler outlet that, ‘Hey you’re doing good. Just keep that little man out of your head right there.'” cheap moncler outlet

moncler outlet sale Martinez wants Gonzalez to dismiss that little man. He doesn’t want him to think. Just pitch. When he doesn’t, his efficiency wanes, his pitch count moncler outlet multiplies, and his frustration soars. Disaster often follows. moncler outlet sale

Against the Marlins, the left hander somehow skirted disaster despite allowing at least one runner to reach base in each of his five innings. Multiple runners reached in four of the five. moncler outlet online But all that mattered in the end was that he held the lowly Marlins (36 54) to two runs. It was his best start in more than Moncler Outlet a month, one in which the Nationals’ rotation has been statistically the worst in the National League after two months as its best.

moncler outlet jackets “That’s kind of how he goes about his business,” Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton said. “He’s made a career out of it, a heck of a career at that. It’s an art for him to get into those jams and get out of it.” moncler outlet jackets

cheap moncler jackets After Gonzalez danced around the Marlins with 42 pitches in two innings, Miami finally drew blood in the third when Starlin Castro smacked an RBI double. But Castro was stranded at second with one out. Gonzalez’s next high wire act ended when he induced an inning ending double play with the bases loaded in the fourth without allowing a run. cheap moncler jackets

Meanwhile, the Nationals broke through against Marlins right hander Dan Straily in the fourth inning, when Eaton and Difo delivered back to back RBI singles to give Washington the lead.

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moncler jacket sale The lead was fleeting because Gonzalez’s luck ran out in the fifth though it could have been much worse. After surrendering three straight singles to load the bases, Gonzalez issued a one out walk to Prado to score a run. That brought up the dangerous Justin Bour. Gonzalez fell behind 3 0, then got a couple borderline pitches called his way before striking Bour out swinging. Five pitches later, with the crowd on its feet, Gonzalez struck Garrett Cooper out with a fastball. The ballpark roared. Gonzalez had wiggled free one last time. moncler jacket sale

moncler outlet online “He gave us all he had for five innings,” Martinez said. “His pitch count was high. That’s what I expect from Gio give me what you got, and he did that today.” moncler outlet online

cheap moncler jackets sale Gonzalez’s gymnastics weren’t aesthetically pleasing, but he also didn’t succumb to the problems he created for himself. It was a master class in catastrophe evasion, and thanks to the moncler outlet sale bullpen’s effort, it held up until Reynolds socked his second career walk off home run. cheap moncler jackets sale

moncler outlet Momentum is a fickle thing in baseball, but the Nationals believe in it right now. They hope they are riding the beginning of a big wave, a shift in their season to place them where they believe they belong. It has been just two games against a last place club, but it’s the restart they needed, a couple high adrenaline wins to spark a club that had was in a deep slumber earlier this week moncler outlet.

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