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Worth the wait

Sep 9, 2012, 12:57 AM EDT

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The Nationals mob Corey Brown following his game-winning single.

Jayson Werth was ready to step to the plate for the bottom of the ninth inning, Heath Bell on the mound, the Nationals trailing by a run. And then a wall of black clouds appeared from behind the third base stands, a fierce wind kicked up and rain began falling in buckets as a storm system that produced a tornado only a few miles away in Northern Virginia overtook Nationals Park.

Thus the Nationals retreated to their clubhouse for what proved to be a 2-hour, 33-minute delay, followed by sudden word from the umpires' room the game was about to resume.

"We had like 11 minutes," Werth said. "An 11-minute warning. Usually they give you 20 or 30. Today was 11. And it turned out to be the right number."

Indeed, because 11 minutes were all the Nationals needed to restart their engines, retake the field and ultimately retake a ballgame that will long be remembered as one of the wildest (and most satisfying) in clubRead more »

  1. NatsNut - Sep 9, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    Can't thank you enough for not titling this "Werth the Wait."

  2. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 9, 2012 at 1:21 AM

    Didn't get to watch the game — with or without the rain delay — but did get to skim the replay quickly. Started badly, but ended well. Another 'wow' for the Nats. Another 'whew' for their fans. Another '#&*!@' from the Braves and their supporters. Very satisfying.This is probably covered somewhere in all the prose I haven't yet read, but didn't this win statistically eliminate the Marlins from their already non-existent hope of winning the division? That's also somewhat satisfying.

  3. NatsFanJim - Sep 9, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    Assumptions are dangerous things.I'm sitting in Bethesda watching the storm blow through — Worth is up at the plate in a quiet ending. Then my power went out. I ASSumed the Nats lost. You would have thought I would learned by now. Later, I missed the whole ending but to my surprise the Nats had won — in grand style.Go ahead, Nats — the league's most exciting and watchable team. Redskins who?

  4. rogieshan - Sep 9, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    With each successive, dominant outing, Christian Garcia is making a strong case to be included on the post-season roster. In such a scenario, it would make sense to drop either the extra starter (Lannan) or one of the long men (Gorzlanney).

  5. SonnyG10 - Sep 9, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    Like so much this season, totally unbelieveable and totally enjoyable, now that we've won.

  6. baseballswami - Sep 9, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    Just when I think they can't pull yet another rabbit out of a hat. That was just crazy. I have finished quite a few games with my jaw on the floor. Today- another one. I was hoping RZ would do something special on his bobble head day, and he did. It wasn't the walk off, but we couldn't have won without him .

  7. Bill Simmons - Sep 9, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    NatsfanJim do you have one of those things called a radio?

  8. Faraz Shaikh - Sep 9, 2012 at 2:49 AM

    Saw two games last two days at Nats Park. Missed ending of today's game because rain delay. Otherwise, pretty awesome time.Seriously what is up with HR rates this home stand? 37 HRs in 10 games by both teams.

  9. Donald - Sep 9, 2012 at 2:55 AM

    Wow, that was a fun game. Harper almost had two dingers. Storen looked strong again, too. Good game.

  10. John C. - Sep 9, 2012 at 3:10 AM

    Every time I think this season can't possibly get any better, can't possibly be more enjoyable … the Nationals prove me wrong. This team never gives up, and never surrenders! By Grabthar's Hammer, Detwiler was avenged today!

  11. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 9, 2012 at 3:29 AM

    Corey Brown has proven to be clutch a few times now including that pinch hit suicide squeeze.Christian Garcia is real deal.Jayson Werth is showing Rizzo got his man.

  12. Dave - Sep 9, 2012 at 4:11 AM

    @Eugene in Oregon, yes, the Nats eliminated the Marlins with this victory today. I became aware of this possibility after filling in standings in my scorebook before the game.

  13. peric - Sep 9, 2012 at 4:30 AM

    Four games to 90 wins. Just 4 games to an incredible feat!

  14. Gonat - Sep 9, 2012 at 4:41 AM

    Peric, I can't wait for you to give Jayson Werth some compliments.

  15. JaneB - Sep 9, 2012 at 6:54 AM

    We were taking Pre-wedding photos on the west coast right as the game was resuming and ending. Biggest smile, from 10 people, was a group shot where our second eldest said, "say Corey Brown." Waaaay better than, "cheese." Great win, GREAT wedding. 17. GYFNG!

  16. baseballswami - Sep 9, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    JaneB- that is one of the best Nats fan stories I have ever heard!!!!!

  17. rabbit34 - Sep 9, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    A guy like Garcia is going to help me forget…..? Milone

  18. Positively Half St. - Sep 9, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    I brought up the elimination before the first game, but when it didn't happen, I didn't want to bring it up again until it had been accomplished.The magic number for keeping San Diego from keeping the Nats out of the playoffs is 2.The magic number for eliminating the Mets from NL East contention is 3.+1/2St.

  19. Sarah - Sep 9, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    "When they shut down Strasburg there will be mutiny in the clubhouse." – Every so called expert. What better time to mutiny than the day they announce it? Or perhaps the team is biding their time and will pull a surprise mutiny later on.

  20. Positively Half St. - Sep 9, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    rabbit34-Gio has made it easy to forget Milone, although it's really great to see both the Nats and A's thriving after the trade. I am not sure that the trade really is much of a reason for the A's success this year, though.Tommy Milone is 11-10 with a just sub-4.00 ERA, or essentially John Lannan, as advertised.Derek Norris had a spark, but with a .201 average and 0.640 OPS, he is showing he is not quite ready yet, about as expected.Brad Peacock took a step back, and didn't see the Majors this year. He might have gone 12-9, but had a 6 ERA that even the Pacific Coast League can't fully explain.AJ Cole went 0-7 in high A ball, but rebounded a little when he went 6-3 in low-A ball.All-in-all, the A's will have to wait to see if the trade worked out for them. I won't likely forget Tommy Milone because of the home run in his first at-bat, but I think that Yoenis Cespedes meant more.As for Garcia, it is just a reminder that even the best teams need to sift for gold in the mine tailings. It's just satisfying to be well beyond the days that Jim Bowden was dumpster diving to find most of our players.+1/2St.

  21. Positively Half St. - Sep 9, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Sarah-Good point about the "mutiny." I have a feeling that walk-off wins can cure any aches and pains, though. If the Nats keep winning this week, and especially if Lannan wins in Strasburg's place, I have a feeling that everybody will be philosophical about the whole thing, at worst.The question is whether the early shutdown stops the media from droning on about what is now a dead story.+1/2St.

  22. Steady Eddie - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    1/2 St. The question is whether the early shutdown stops the media from droning on about what is now a dead story..No, by itself it won't because they're invested in seeing, or finding, or inventing "evidence" to show they were right. The Nats continuing to win is the only thing that will quiet that down, at least until the playoffs. Far from a mutiny (I know it's the media idiots predicting it, not y'all), it will draw the team even closer together to be insulted that they'll fall apart without one single player.

  23. Jim Webster - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Doggerel –RGIIII tire of thee.Stras is shut down.Critics shut up.Nats on trajectoryto October victory.

  24. waddu eye no - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    after giving up on my 4th run through of sportscenter on masn, i had lchanged channels and checked back just as the bases loaded. clearly, the vibes were reaching to herndon.now to take the series.

  25. Steady Eddie - Sep 9, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Jim Webster – word. (All of them!)

  26. natsfan1a - Sep 9, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Yay, a happy game box score in the local paper. Atta way, NATS!On another note, lots of bile in the local AM paper for an owner who moved his pointy ball team and died this week. Also talk about how the local baseball team is not spending enough and that their skipper, while not a bad guy, may have to take the fall this season. Oh, and how one of their local MiLB teams forced a playoff game 5. Can you guess where I am? :-)Back on a game note: Go, Nats! Hope to read another happy game result later (stupid Bravos).

  27. waddu eye no - Sep 9, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Jim w – Lots of queries:"beltway series?"

  28. Theophilus T. S. - Sep 9, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Garcia has been an eye-opener. (Since NatsJack opened our eyes, anyway.) Three things are striking (no pun intended): (1) He's big as a horse, meaning that he not only has a power arm but he's probably going to be durable, also; (2) He has great command; those power pitches, even the handful that are not strikes, are close enough to make hitters wince; (3) He has great confidence in his slider; that sequence of shaking off Flores multiple times was all about getting back to the slider, which is what he wanted to throw — Strike Three. He's looking like a lock to be part of next year's BP, and between him, Mattheus, Storen and Clippard, the opposition is going to be looking at a lot of five-inning games.

  29. Jim Webster - Sep 9, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Waddu, EddieBroiled fish.A lovely dish.

  30. Scooter - Sep 9, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Jim Webster's best one yet –Webster wins the Internet!

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