Thursday, October 31, 2019

Newsletter Excerpt, October 31, 2019 -- "National Champions"

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"The lasting image of this Series will be a Nationals pitcher working out of the stretch with two on and one out, and getting the critical out to escape the jam. Last night it was Max Scherzer allowing 11 baserunners in five innings, but holding the Astros to 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position, the only hit a ground ball just past Anthony Rendon in the fifth to bring home the Astros’ final run of the World Series. In the Astros’ four losses, they were 4-for-29 with runners in scoring position. They had chance after chance after chance to score, and in almost every spot, the Nationals’ pitchers were just better."