Washington Nationals News: Michael Taylor revels in role of unlikely hero for Nats


Good evening DoD readers, and welcome to today’s District Daily! Before the Nationals kickoff a four-game set against the San Diego Padres tonight, get caught up on the latest Nats news with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web below.

In today’s Daily, MLB.com’s Mike Bloom discusses Michael A. Taylor’s heroics from last night’s game. As Bloom notes, Taylor came up big time for the Nationals, belting a go-ahead grand slam in the ninth inning to give the Nationals a come-from-behind win over the Diamondbacks.

Needless to say, Taylor was a key player for the Nationals lat night, and given all the injuries the team has had this year, he’s been an important player for a significant part of the season. Last night’s homer was especially meaningful for Taylor and the Nationals, as it came in a spot where Bryce Harper would’ve been hitting had he not been ejected earlier in the game.

Taylor bailed out Harper and the rest of the team, and the Nationals are fortunate to have a player on the bench who can step up and do damage in crucial moments, as he did last night. It’s not clear how long he’ll stay with the big league club, as Anthony Rendon should be returning from the disabled list soon, but last night Taylor made the difference, and he’ll certainly have an impact on the team’s success down the stretch.

More from Max Scherzer

Also in today’s Daily, the Washington Post’s Scott Allen discusses the Nationals’ celebrations, particularly Max Scherzer‘s patented chocolate syrup showers.

Be sure to check out the articles below, they’re definitely worth a read. And as always, stay tuned to DoD for all your Washington Nationals needs.

Taylor revels in role of unlikely hero for Nats

(Mike Bloom, MLB.com)

PHOENIX — Only a few short weeks ago, Michael Taylor was in the Minor Leagues. On Wednesday, he found himself with the biggest opportunity of his still budding career.

With one out in the ninth inning, the bases loaded and the Nationals trailing the D-backs by a run, Taylor came up to bat — in Bryce Harper‘s cleanup spot.

“I was just thinking, ‘Barrel up the ball and try not to do too much,'” Taylor said. “I get in trouble sometimes when I try to crush the ball, so I went up there trying not to miss my pitch.” Read full article here.

Max Scherzer explains the Nats’ chocolate syrup celebration

(Scott Allen, Washington Post)

“I think I might have a concussion,” Michael A. Taylor joked to MASN’s Dan Kolko of the reception that awaited him in the dugout after his ninth-inning grand slam helped the Nationals to a 9-6 win at Arizona on Wednesday. “Guys were slugging the helmet, a lot of high-fives. It was fun.”

If you watched Taylor’s postgame interview with Kolko, you may have wondered when Max Scherzer was going to arrive with the chocolate syrup. He never did.

Scherzer doused Dan Uggla in chocolate syrup on April 28 after his three-run home run in the ninth inning completed a 13-12 comeback win at Atlanta. Scherzer showered Bryce Harper after his walk-off home run to beat the Braves at Nationals Park on May 9. Did Scherzer forget to pack the chocolate syrup for Arizona? Was it a casualty of the desert heat? Read full article here.

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