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August 19, 2014

What You Need to Know

August 19, 2014

by Chris Mosch


The Monday Takeaway
Late-inning drama was the theme of Washington’s sweep of Pittsburgh over the weekend, as the National League East leaders took a trio of one-run games, with the final two coming in walk-off fashion. The Nationals made it three in a row Monday night as Adam LaRoche delivered the decisive blow to the Diamondbacks in a contest that saw several late rallies.

Arizona took advantage of an uncharacteristic leadoff walk issued by Jordan Zimmermann in the fifth inning to get on the board first. Mark Trumbo worked a seven-pitch free pass and moved up to second base after a Miguel Montero single. Trumbo would come around to score later in the inning on a sacrifice fly by Jake Lamb.

In the bottom of the frame, the first three players the Nationals sent to bat all put solid wood on the ball, yet the home nine were unable to sustain a rally due to a baserunning blunder and fantastic glove work. Leading off the inning was Bryce Harper, who laced a 2-1 breaking ball from Vidal Nuno into right field for a single. Harper took an aggressive turn around first base as David Peralta came up charging, and it appeared that the young Washington phenom thought that Peralta was going to throw behind him to first. Instead, Peralta pump faked to first and Harper broke for second. Peralta made the throw to second base and Harper was forced to scramble back to first, where he was easily erased for the first out of the inning.

Two pitches later, Wilson Ramos lined a single to center. Asdrubal Cabrera was up next, and his efforts to keep the rally going were thwarted by ...

The Defensive Play of the Day

Didi Gregorius was as fully extended into the 5.5 hole as possible and coupled his outstanding diving snag with an absolute bullet to first base to retire Cabrera for the second out. Zimmermann struck out shortly after to end the inning.

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