Washington Nationals: Top 10 Games Of 2016 (10-6)

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May 29, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) is congratulated by manager Dusty Baker (12) after the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
May 29, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) is congratulated by manager Dusty Baker (12) after the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports /
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Aug 7, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (40) celebrates after hitting a solo home run off San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. Washington Nationals defeated San Francisco Giants 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports /

Ramos Home Run Decides Pitcher’s Duel

Back on August 7, fans at Nationals Park got to see a classic pitcher’s duel between Tanner Roark and Madison Bumgarner as both teams did not score a run until the seventh inning. Before that first run of the game, there was one defensive play that ended up being a difference maker in the game.

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With second and third and two outs in the top of the seventh, Brandon Belt hit a ball to deep center field that appeared to be a double, but Ben Revere made a great over the shoulder catch to end the inning. While Revere struggled at the plate this past season, he found a way to save games with his good defense.

During the bottom of the inning, Wilson Ramos led off the inning with a solo home run to right against Bumgarner, which ended up being the game’s only run. Despite throwing a complete game and giving up only two hits, Bumgarner took the loss.

As for Roark, he threw seven shutout innings, gave up five hits, struck out five, and walked three in the win. While the three walks were a high total, the Giants ended up going 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position in the game.

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At the time, it looked like a huge win because the Nats would have the head-to-head tiebreaker on the Giants if San Francisco had won the NL West. However, it ended up being the Dodgers who won the NL West instead of the Giants.

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