Game of the Year? Brewers Outlast Nats in 14 Innings

Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Corey Knebel in 2018. Photo by John Fisher/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9666840s)

At the end of the 5 hour 40-minute game, both teams were exhausted, had used up their entire bullpens, and the scoreboard looked like an NFL game. The Brewers managed to win 15-14 in a 14 inning marathon that featured 38 hits and two of the best closers in the game blowing leads in the 9th inning.

Although Brewers slugger Eric Thames played the hero, hitting a two-run home run in the top of the 14th, there were plenty of players from both sides who had clutch hits to keep their teams alive. Christian Yelich went 5-for-6 with two home runs to tie for the MLB lead and added 4 RBI’s and 3 runs scored.

The crazy 9th inning featured Brewers star reliever Josh Hader letting up the tying run and loading the bases with nobody out. It seemed like the game would be over, but he proceeded to strike out the Nationals 1-3 hitters threw swinging strikeouts, causing the game to go into extras. Milwaukee went up again in the 13th, but the Nats tied it in the bottom half. After Thames homer in the top of the 14th, the Nationals came close to coming back again, but ended the game on a strikeout, sending the tired Washington fans home.

Scores that high always make for an exciting game, and with both teams in the thick of the NL Wild Card race, nobody was going to give up despite the exhausting game. With an early game time start Sunday afternoon, the tired players have a few hours to sleep before heading back to the field to do it all over again.