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Nationals Roundup: Patrick Corbin fans 11 hitters in win over Mets

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Nationals Roundup: Patrick Corbin fans 11 hitters in win over Mets

The Nationals picked up a wire-to-wire victory over the Mets Wednesday night, 5-1, and improved to 17-25. The win sets up a Thursday afternoon rubber match at Nationals Park. 

Consider these news and notes to get caught up with both NL East organizations: 

NATIONALS:

Patrick Corbin led the way for Washington tossing eight innings of four-hit baseball. The lefty recorded 11 strikeouts (tied season-high) while tossing 108 pitches. 

Victor Robles continues to torch the Mets offensively. The rookie's solo home run in the third inning marked his team-leading 8th. 

Trea Turner is two games into his rehab assignment (broken finger) with Single-A Potomac. He's gone 1-for-8 with four strikeouts from the plate and looked solid defensively. 

METS:

New York starting pitcher Wilmer Font was bounced after just 2.1 innings Wednesday night. The 28-year-old allowed five runs on six hits and walked two Nats. 

J.D. Davis brought in the Mets' lone run with his RBI double off Corbin in the 3rd. 

Injuries:

OF Andrew Stevenson: Back, 10-Day IL

RP Tony Sipp: Oblique, 10-Day IL

1B Matt Adams: Shoulder, 10-Day IL

1B Ryan Zimmerman: Foot, 10-Day IL

RP Koda Glover: Elbow, 10-Day IL

RP Trevor Rosenthal: Flu, 10-Day IL

RP Austen Williams: Shoulder, 10-Day IL

SS Trea Turner: Finger, Rehab assignment 

Coming Up:

Thursday, 5/16: New York Mets @ Nationals, 1:05 p.m. ET, Nationals Park

Friday, 5/17: Chicago Cubs @ Nationals, 7:05 p.m. ET, Nationals Park 

Saturday, 5/18: Chicago Cubs @ Nationals, 7:15 p.m. ET, Nationals Park 

Source: Rotoworld

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DC bar to brew special beer to celebrate Nationals' World Series appearance

DC bar to brew special beer to celebrate Nationals' World Series appearance

Plenty of beer was consumed Tuesday night when the Nationals advanced to the World Series for the first time in franchise history.

Before Game 1 of the World Series next Tuesday, fans will be able to enjoy a new, special beer. Bluejacket, a bar near Nationals Park, is brewing a double IPA, aptly named 86 Years to commemorate the last time a Washington MLB team went to the World Series.

The beer is "a hazy double IPA double dry-hopped with Galaxy – it's a juicy fruit bomb of a brew that shows intense notes of passionfruit, peach and orange," per a release from the restaurant group.

The beer will be available on draft before Game 1 on Tuesday and available in cans by Game 3 when the series returns to the nation's capital. 

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Davey Martinez tells great story of Gerardo Parra's rise as 'Baby Shark'

Davey Martinez tells great story of Gerardo Parra's rise as 'Baby Shark'

WASHINGTON -- As the great ice skater Chazz Michael Michaels once said, "it gets the people going."

Nationals manager Davey Martinez was enjoying the evening with his team up 7-4 in Game 4 of the NLCS on Tuesday, just nine outs away from a World Series berth, when he felt something was missing. This game needed some juice.

The crowd had gone through a frontload of emotions with seven runs in the first inning and they were in the middle of a long wait until Clinchmas. So, Martinez peered down the dugout and called on the life of the Nationals' party, Gerardo Parra.

That gave the 43,976 fans in attendance what they really came to see and hear. They wanted their favorite band to play their biggest hit; 'Baby Shark.'

"I only put him in the game today to get the fans going again," Martinez joked.

Parra, though, came through with a single to back it all up. He has become a fan favorite on the 2019 Nationals and, for the most part, his production on the field has justified the hype.

Parra's greatest asset for the Nationals, however, is not his game. It is his presence in the clubhouse as the odd-ball who zips to his locker every day on a scooter, blows a party whistle after wins and wears red-tinted sunglasses in the dugout.

He's weird, but in a good way. And he is undeniably a key ingredient to a Nats team that is now further than any D.C. baseball club has been in 86 years.

As he sat at the podium soaked in various forms of celebratory alcohol on Tuesday night, Martinez told a detailed story about Parra earlier in the season, how a conversation between the two helped Parra realize exactly what his role for the Nationals needed to be.

"There was a point in time where he was struggling real bad. He was like 2-for-30, and it was kind of -- everything was kind of down a little bit. I didn't feel that energy, and I brought him in the office, and I said, 'hey, what's going on?' And he goes, 'oh, you know, I'm not hitting. I'm not helping the team.' I go, 'no, no, no.' I said, 'I don't care if you're 2-for-100, your job is to bring the energy every single day. That's who you are.' I said, 'you play that music loud. You pump up the guys.' I said, 'you're the guy that brings that energy every day,' and he just looked at me, and he goes, 'you're right.' He said, 'I'm not doing my job.' I said, 'well, go do your job'," Martinez recalled.

"Needless to say, after that, he started hitting again, and he came back to my office a few days later, and he goes, 'hey, thank you. I didn't realize that I need to have fun too, not worry about' -- I said, 'yeah, hey, bring it every day.'"

Parra has been the symbol of the Nationals' clubhouse chemistry this season which has been hailed as a strength. Major League Baseball is an everyday grind of 162 games and Parra has helped everyone on the team remember on a daily basis that it is just a game.

Martinez and the Nationals believe that approach overall is a big reason why they were able to overcome a 19-31 record to make the playoffs and now the World Series. Parra, though it may not show up in wins above replacement, has been invaluable.

"What he's done in that clubhouse has really changed the way these guys go about their business. I mean, it was business. There wasn't a whole lot of -- he made it fun for this team," Martinez said.

"Those guys up there, every one of his teammates love him, love him. All the fans love him. He's just that guy. He's the Parra Shark."

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