2012 Washington Nationals vs 2016 Washington Nationals
The top-seeded team in this tournament takes on the number four seed in a clash of squads with top rotations. Pitchers duels are what was expected, and pitchers duels are what we received.
Only one time in this six-game series did a team score more than four runs in a game. Which team did it? The 2016 Nationals, who put up two touchdowns and two extra points in game two to steal home field advantage.
In game four, both teams had a flair for the dramatic. In the top of the ninth, Ryan Zimmerman (’12) hit a game-tying two-run double off of Marc Rzepczynski (’16). However, in the bottom of the inning, Danny Espinosa (’16) sent the home crowd home happy with a walk-off solo shot off of Mike Gonzalez (’12).
Up 3-1 in the series, quarter-finals MVP Max Scherzer (’16) shut the door. He threw eight innings of one-run ball en route to a 4-1 victory.
The 2016 Nats upset the top seed and move on to face the winner of the 2017 Nats and 2011 Nats.