With two swings of the bat, everything may have changed for the Nationals

Maybe something changed, even something big, on Saturday night as the autumn moon rose over the right field stands to get a glimpse of what, far down on planet earth, was causing all that ruckus down at Nationals Park, a place that seldom raises it voice until the heavens take note.

Within a matter of perhaps 15 minutes of lunacy, Game 2 of this National League Division Series changed utterly, from what seemed like an almost certain Chicago Cubs victory to a stunning, ground-shaking, 6-3 Washington Nationals win.

Eighth-inning home runs, first a titanic one by Bryce Harper to tie the score, then a three-run wall-scraping thriller by Ryan Zimmerman to win it, tied this series at a game apiece, but with enormous baseball gravitational pull suddenly on the Nats’ side just when such cause for hope was least expected.

Harper’s homer was a truly special force-of-nature thing. Celestial orbs don’t blink. But if there had been a man in that moon, he might have been forgiven for flinching. Instead, Harper’s blast wasn’t headed toward space, just aimed directly at a picture of Max Scherzer that stands more than 500 feet away on the right field concourse.

Neither Scherzer’s blue nor brown eye was in danger

Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/nationals/with-two-swings-of-the-bat-everything-has-changed-for-the-nationals/2017/10/07/0c130fa6-aaec-11e7-b3aa-c0e2e1d41e38_story.html

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