WASHINGTON -- Jake Lamb and Chris Herrmann homered off Tanner Roark, and the Arizona Diamondbacks bounced back from an early deficit to beat the high-scoring Washington Nationals 6-3 on Tuesday night.
Erratic starter Taijuan Walker and four relievers combined to blank the potent Washington offense over the final six innings after the Nationals bolted to a 3-1 lead.
Two days after scoring 23 runs against the Mets to cap a record-setting month, Washington went 2 for 12 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10.
Lamb and Herrmann connected in the fourth inning to put Arizona up 4-3, and Jeremy Hazelbaker added a solo shot in the ninth.
Walker needed 117 pitches to get 11 outs and was pulled with two outs in the fifth. He gave up three runs, walked five and struck out six.
T.J. McFarland (1-0) got four straight outs, J.J. Hoover and Jorge De La Rosa each pitched an inning, and Fernando Rodney worked a perfect ninth for his seventh save.
Ryan Zimmerman had two hits for the Nationals, his career-high fifth straight multihit game. But Washington's offense sputtered after becoming the first team in baseball history to score at least 14 runs five times in April.
Roark (3-1) struck out eight over six innings for the Nationals, but threw a career-high 125 pitches and left with Washington trailing 4-3.
Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt and Washington's Bryce Harper each had RBI singles in the first inning, and Daniel Murphy singled in two runs in the bottom of the third.
Lamb led off the fourth with a drive to right, Brandon Drury got an infield hit and Herrmann homered to put the Diamondbacks up for good.
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Gerardo Parra first broke out his rose-tinted sunglasses in the middle of July, at a time when the Washington Nationals were still hovering around .500 after their seemingly disastrous 19-31 start to the season.
Then Aníbal Sánchez joined in with some yellow-tinted glasses and the fun-loving pair, and the Nationals, began to garner more and more attention from fans.
Both were signed by the Nationals as free agents: Sánchez in December 2018, and Parra in early May of this year.
While they've each proven smart pickups -- just look at Sánchez' near no-hitter in the NLCS Game 1 -- it's their uplifting attitude that has really helped get the Nationals to where they are: their first franchise World Series.
After the craze surrounding Parra's "Baby Shark" walkup song, fans are now searching where to find glasses to match the two fan favorites.
When googling Parra, the fourth-most-googled phrase is "Gerardo Parra sunglasses." The same can be said for Sánchez.
Alas, from the photos online, Parra and Sánchez's sunglasses are made by the Pepsi-run sparkling water brand bubly, meaning they're likely a promotional item not available to the general public.
There are similar glasses online, however. A Reddit thread was created in August to help Nationals fans find similar glasses, and some lookalikes pop up in the Google search "bubly sunglasses."
So, while you can't rock the exact same glasses, there are still options for joining in the fun!
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Superstitions run rampant in baseball -- the same can be said for the Nationals, whether they care to admit it or not.
Washington is now 7-0 in the postseason when wearing their navy blue jerseys. The Nationals have worn the blue threads in every game since Game 4 of the NLDS, and they've won all six of those games, including their four-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals to win the National League title and secure their spot in the World Series.
Back toward the beginning of the season, Nationals skipper Davey Martinez joked, "I'm not superstitious, I'm just a little stitious," a line from the popular TV show The Office.
The only postseason victory the Nationals haven't worn their navy blues for this year is the Wild Card win over the Brewers -- that night, their clean all-whites did the trick. (Even after Martinez "screwed up" and accidentally trimmed his 'playoff beard' a little too much).
Baseball, arguably more than other team sports, is known for its superstitions. Because the season is so long, and because so much of the sport (especially for pitchers) revolves around maintaining a routine, it makes sense that those superstitions develop.
Traditionally, superstitions have been associated with baseball since the start of the 20th Century; a 1938 article in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin cited a major-league manager as having repeatedly claimed "luck is one-third of baseball." Whether the Nationals' success is due to the blue jerseys or whether it comes from the team's attitude and capabilities on the field, the fact remains that there's a correlation between which jersey they wear and whether or not they win.
Now the Nationals have a six-day break before the World Series starts on Tuesday, which gives them plenty of time to wash (or not) the navy blues.
It is unlikely the Nationals risk breaking their streak by wearing a different jersey for the World Series, if they can help it. If not, maybe the power of Baby Shark will make up for the lack of blue jerseys.
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