After the rookie year Tyler Moore had, boy were Washington Nationals fans licking their chops. And then the post season happened, and the future was looking even brighter. Unfortunately, Moore never got the playing time needed to continue to develop and he never matched the performance from that first year.
In just 156 at-bats his first year, Moore hit ten home runs and had nine doubles. Coming off the bench as a right-handed power hitter, he played himself onto the postseason roster when the Nationals won their first division title in 2012.
In the eighth inning of the first game against St. Louis, Moore was summoned to pinch hit with two runners in scoring position and the Nationals trailing by a run.
On a 2-2 pitch, the clean shaven, baby-faced Moore guided the ball to right field to give the Nationals the lead, in a game they eventually won (and a series they eventually lost).
It would be his only appearance of the series and the only time he appeared in the postseason in his career. Moore would play three more years for the Nationals and not replicate the success he had at the plate during his rookie campaign.
His clutch hit in the Nationals first ever playoff game still reins supreme for many Washington fans.