It would have been cool to see a Baltimore-DC World Series but the Nationals aren't holding up their end of the deal. And honestly, after witnessing their fans leave in extra innings, I don't think it would be as festive as I thought it would be. The Giants have a 2-0 lead in the series after defeating the #1 team in the NL, 2-1, in extra innings, 18 to be exact. Game 2 between the Nats and Giants ended up to be the longest postseason game in MLB history, 6 hours and 23 minutes.
The Nationals built an early lead with Anthony Rendon RBI single in the 3rd inning, driving home Asdrubal Cabrera, leading 1-0 for five straight innings.
Jordan Zimmerman headed into the 9th inning without giving up a run and only allowing 3 hits, trying to accomplish the complete game shutout. He got off to a good start, retiring the first two batters but thats when things got shaky. Zimmerman walked the next batter, Joe Panik, and for some reason, manager Matt Williams decided to take Zimmerman out of the game.
Zimmerman didn't have a high pitch count, only 100 pitches at the time he was pulled, so that couldn't have been the reason. Drew Storen came in to relieve Zimmerman and thats when things really went sour. On the first pitch to Buster Posey, Storen allowed a base hit, which put the tying run on second base. Next up was Pablo "Trey Ball Panda" Sandoval, who hit a double to left field on the 2nd pitch he seen. Sandoval batted in 1 run but Buster Posey was thrown at home plate.
Should Zimmerman been pulled from the game? Absolutely not. His pitch count was low, he was 1 out away from a complete game shutout in the postseason, why would you pull him? This is the perfect example of how coaches and managers out think themselves instead of trusting their players. Sometimes coaches put too much trust in their player, like how Dodgers manager, Don Mattingly, left Kershaw in game 1 of the Dodgers-Cardinals series, Kershaw allowing 6 runs in one inning, but this situation was completely different.
It wasn't all Matt Williams fault, his star players didn't show up either. Golden boy, Bryce Harper, went 0-7, Jayson Werth went 1-8, and Adam LaRouche went 0-7. Nationals in extra inning could only get 2 hits, and even though they held the Giants to limited hits, Brandon Belt bomb to right-center field killed all sprits left in Nationals Park.
This is 2012 all over again for National fans, who I was very disappointed in for leaving during extra innings. Giants are now gong back to San Fran with a 2-0 lead, and currently on a 10-game postseason win streak dating back to 2012. I expect a clean sweep.