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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