Originally written on Baseball Prospectus  |  Last updated 10/19/14
The Tuesday Takeaway Sometimes, one play is all it takes to describe an entire season. But two such microcosms in two days, and in the same series, to boot? You couldn’t make this stuff up. If this was “the most Astros play of 2012,” then this may well be the most Nationals play we will see this year. On Monday, Roger Bernadina scored the game-winning run thanks a defensive bungle straight out of The Bad News Bears. On Tuesday, the 28-year-old center fielder preserved a victory with a game-ending grab that may rank among the year’s best Web Gems. That the Nationals have taken the first two games of the four-game series at Minute Maid Park should surprise no one. After all, Washington owns the best record in the league at 67-43, and Houston, at 36-75, sports the worst. But plays as fitting as the Astros’ error-palooza and Bernadina’s catch can make even the most predictable outcomes amusing. With last night’s 3-2 defeat, Brad Mills’ squad fell to 0-11 in extra-inning games this ...
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