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Wild Card Takeaways: Brewers error helps Nationals rally late, reach NLDS

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Remember when the Washington Nationals shut Stephen Strasburg down with an eye toward future seasons back in 2012? This was probably the kind of night they had in mind when they managed his workload so carefully.

In the NL wild-card game Tuesday, Strasburg entered in relief of Max Scherzer, who had allowed two home runs on the way to a 3-1 Milwaukee lead. Three scoreless innings from Strasburg later, Washington loaded the bases for Juan Soto, who came through with a game-changing swing that sent the Nationals back to the NLDS.

Eventually, Washington will have to figure out how to arrange its pitching staff against an impressive Dodgers team that’s eyeing its third consecutive World Series appearance. But until then, it’s time for a well-deserved celebration. Those have been rare in Washington, with NLDS losses in 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2017.

Who knows, maybe 2019 will be different. In the meantime, here are some observations after a memorable NL wild-card game…

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The hero and the goat
With the bases loaded and the Nationals trailing 3-1, Soto hit a potential game-tying single to right field. That in itself is impressive considering Soto’s age (20) and opponent........

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