After winning both games in the Tuesday doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies, the Washington Nationals clinched one of the NL Wild Card spots with help from the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates defeated the Chicago Cubs 9-2, paving the way for the Nats to make the postseason.
The Wild Card berth comes four months to the day the Nats were a dismal 19-31 and were written off for the season.
It was Trea Turner's grand slam home run in the bottom of the sixth inning that gave the Nats a 6-4 lead they wouln't relinquish. Turner also had a double in Tuesday's second leg, and first baseman Matt Adams made his first start since Sept. 12 after recovering from an AC joint injury in his left shoulder. Turner also scored two runs and went 3-4 in the 4-1 win earlier in the day. Anthony Rendon drove Turner in both times, increasing his league-leading RBI total to 124.
Reliever Daniel Hudson earned two saves on the day against the Phillies, while Max Scherzer gave up four runs along with striking out 10 in the second game.
C Spencer Kieboom, elbow, 60-Day-IL, 2020
RP Roenias Elias, hamstring, sidelined, late September
RP John Venters, shoulder, 60-Day IL, 2020
RP Koda Glover, elbow, 60-Day IL, out indefinitely
Wednesday, Sept. 25: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m., Nationals Park
Thursday, Sept. 26: Phillies at Nats, 4:05 p.m., Nationals Park
Friday, Sept. 27: Indians at Nats, 7:05 p.m., Nationals Park
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