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Nationals vs. Brewers: A six-game 2019 regular season history lesson

Nationals vs. Brewers: A six-game 2019 regular season history lesson

It all comes down to Tuesday as the Nationals take on the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2019 NLWild Card game at Nationals Park. But before either team can begin focusing on the NL West champion Dodgers and the NL Divisional Series, Washington and Milwaukee have one game to decide who survives and advances.

In a game that's known to be unpredictable, and occasionally provide the World Series champion, the Nats take on a familiar foe. While the Brewers will be without potential NL MVP Christian Yelich, that doesn't mean there couldn't be fireworks.

The Brewers and Nats provided arguably the best game of the season in a 14-inning scoring bonanza.

Here's how the two regular-season series between the Nationals and Brewers played out. 

1. Game 34: Washington (14-20) at Milwaukee (21-16). Monday, May 6

Result: Brewers win 5-3

Season series: Brewers lead 1-0

How it Happened: Having lost nine of their previous 14, the Nats headed to the Midwest in hopes of a momentum swing. The Nats bullpen, however, was headed in the wrong direction. Dan Jennings and Wander Suero gave up two runs in the seventh inning, with Tony Sipp giving up a third in the eighth inning en route to a two-run loss.

2. Game 35: Washington (14-21) at Milwaukee (22-16). Tuesday, May 7

Result: Brewers win 6-0

Season series: Brewers lead 2-0

How it Happened: A seventh-inning implosion by Stephen Strasburg and reliever Dan Jennings doomed the Nationals chances, thanks in large part to a three-run double from Lorenzo Cain and a bases-loaded walk to Ben Gamel.

3. Game 36: Washington (14-22) at Milwaukee (23-16). Wednesday, May 8

Result: Brewers win 7-3

Season series: Brewers lead 3-0

How it Happened: Washington's pitching struggles continued as the Brewers were able to complete the sweep. Christian Yelich notched a home run off of Jeremy Hellickson in the first inning, while Mike Moustakas smacked one out of the park in the second inning.

4. Game 121: Washington (66-55) at Milwaukee (63-59). Friday, August 16

Result: Nationals win 2-1

Season series: Brewers lead 3-1

How it Happened: The Nats scored their first win against the Brewers in a nail-biter at home. Anthony Rendon gave the Nats the lead off a double to center field in the eighth inning, and Sean Doolittle was able to keep the Brewers in check, striking out Christian Yelich in the process.

5. Game 123: Washington (67-55) vs Milwaukee (63-60). Saturday, August 17

Result: Nationals lose 15-14

Season series: Brewers lead 4-1

How it Happened: In one of the craziest comebacks of the Nationals season, it ended up all being for naught. In the 14-inning slugfest, the Nats rallied four different times but couldn't quite catch up as Joe Ross struck out with men on first and third.

6. Game 124: Washington (67-56) vs Milwaukee (64-60). Sunday, August 18

Result: Nationals win 16-8

Season series: Brewers win 4-2

How it Happened: The Nats bats popped off in the first three innings, scoring a combined 13 runs. Matt Adams and Victor Robles smashed home runs in the first inning, and the Nationals never looked back.

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The Mets found Yoenis Céspedes and he’s decided to opt out of the 2020 season

The Mets found Yoenis Céspedes and he’s decided to opt out of the 2020 season

Mets outfielder Yoenis Céspedes has opted out of the 2020 season, but not without a Mets-esque fiasco unfolding in the hours leading up to the announcement.

Céspedes decided not to report to Truist Park in Atlanta for the Mets’ game against the Braves on Sunday but never informed the team of that decision. New York sent a press release to reporters saying Céspedes was not at the stadium and the team had to that point been unable to contact him.

While the Mets played the Braves in a game that ended 4-0 in favor of Atlanta, a security team was reportedly sent to Céspedes’ hotel room. They found the room empty and both Céspedes and his belongings gone. When the team finally tracked down his agent, he told them he had decided not to play the rest of season for “COVID-related reasons.”

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The two-time All-Star’s decision comes on the heels of coronavirus outbreaks in two clubhouses (Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals) within the first 10 days of the season. Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain, who was supposed to play the Cardinals this weekend, announced through the team his decision to opt out on Saturday.

Evidently, Céspedes didn’t take the same approach that Cain did. Céspedes has played eight games this season after missing nearly two years with various injuries. The Mets were playing him exclusively at designated hitter in an effort to keep him healthy and work him up to eventually returning back to his natural position in the outfield.

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Joe Girardi: Phillies don’t blame Marlins but ‘frustrated that we're not playing right now’

Joe Girardi: Phillies don’t blame Marlins but ‘frustrated that we're not playing right now’

The Philadelphia Phillies’ wait is just about over.

Eight days after playing the Miami Marlins in the finale of their opening series, the Phillies will finally resume their schedule Monday when they take on the New York Yankees. The Phillies have not played a game since the Marlins announced they had a coronavirus outbreak in their clubhouse. Over the past week, Miami has had 18 players and two staff members test positive for the virus while the Phillies have had three staffers but no players.

It would be understandable for the Phillies to be angry with the Marlins, who were reportedly found by MLB to have broken health protocols during a trip to Atlanta for a pair of exhibition games. Philadelphia has had to endure an unexpected layoff that could hinder pitchers from staying fresh and cause hitters to lose their timing after such a long break from facing live opponents.

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However, Phillies manager Joe Girardi has managed to stay upbeat throughout the entire process, NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Jim Salisbury reported Sunday. The veteran skipper told Salisbury that he hasn’t heard any of the players voice complaints about the Marlins amid the extended break that has since multiple practices canceled because of positive tests.

“I haven't really heard any complaints from our guys, but understand that we don't sit around and talk like we used to. That's just not what we do,” Girardi said. “So when we do get a chance, we're pretty much talking about baseball only. I have not heard it, so I can't really tell you exactly how the players feel. I do know that they want to play and they're frustrated that we're not playing right now.

“They're not blaming anyone, but they want to play. That's what we do. I think our players are handling this great.”

The Phillies’ reward for a trying week will be an immediate test in the Yankees, including Gerrit Cole starting against them Monday night. The two teams will play twice in New York before heading down to Philadelphia for another two games to close out the series. Philadelphia will then resume its normal schedule, beginning with a four-game series against the Atlanta Braves.

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