The Washington Nationals gave their fans nearly nothing to cheer about for seven-plus innings on Tuesday night in the National League Wild Card Game. Add that to years and years of playoff misery, and you wouldn’t have blamed them for not believing. But that didn’t stop them from giving it everything they had, to use an old sports cliché. Down 3-1 in the bottom of the eighth against ridiculously nasty Josh Hader of the Milwaukee Brewers, the Nats staged their epic comeback. With the bases loaded and two outs, a world of pressure was heaped upon the shoulders of young second-year player Juan Soto. But that didn’t derail him as he unleashed a single into right field. By all admission, two runs were going to score no matter what, but a third ended up getting to make it a 4-3 ball game as Brewers’ right fielder Trent Grisham made an error by allowing them ball to go under his glove. That allowed Anthony Rendon, who had patiently walked the at-bat before, to get home. Soto was thrown out going for third, but no one cared. The Nats led, and in the end they closed it out to end a run of seven series-deciding games without a victory. Their reward: a trip to Los Angeles to face the Dodgers in a five-game series.
Elena Delle Donne has had a downright dominant season in the WNBA this year, and it looked like the MVP would carry her team all the way to the title as well as grabbing those individual honors. However, that idea is now very much in jeopardy after she left Tuesday night’s game in the first quarter with back spasms. The 99-87 loss to the Connecticut Sun means the Washington Mystics are now knotted up at one game apiece with their rivals. The next game in the five-game series will come on Sunday, so that is the good news for them as they hope to get their star player back in time for Game 3. Sun center Jonquel Jones took advantage of Delle Donne’s absence by scoring 32 points, while Courtney Williams and Alyssa Thomas also both had over 20 in the win. Emma Meesseman paced the Mystics with 23 in the defeat.
Tottenham are in real trouble at the moment, and that really showed itself on Tuesday night when they welcomed Bayern Munich to London. ‘Spurs,’ as they are known by many have not been playing well since making last year’s Champions League Final, and losing it, and that continued in this group stage match. Despite scoring first to go up 1-0, they couldn’t hold their lead for long. Then, the absurd happened in the second half. Having gone to the break down 1-2, they ended up losing 2-7. That’s right seven goals. Serge Gnabry was the breakout star of the evening, scoring four upon his return to a city that did him no favors years ago. The question now is: are Bayern back or are Tottenham just done for?