Nats finish season 69-93 after taking 14th inning finale over Mets

Nationals end season with 14-inning win over MetsThe Post
A marathon Game 162 … againNats Insider
The sixth Washington Nationals season concluded yesterday with a 2-1, 14th inning win over the New York Mets — the season just didn’t want to end. In the top of the 14th, Justin Maxwell walked with the bases loaded to force in the winning run off of Oliver Perez. Maxwell’s disappointing at bat (he was 3-5 with 3 HRs with the bases loaded) was enough for Miguel Batista to earn the save in the bottom of the inning and for Joel Peralta to earn the win. The bullpen pitched 7 1/3 of its league leading 545 2/3 innings yesterday, after Livan Hernandez was pulled in the 7th inning with one out. The 3.33 ERA was 4th in the majors and seventh-best among bullpens that threw 540 or more innings. Good job boys and GM Mike Rizzo in assembling it.

I had the Nats going 70-92, so I did pretty well with my season prediction. At the beginning of the year, would have you been pleased with a 10-game improvement? Maybe, but after starting 20-15, the last four months of the season were a letdown. Sure, there was plenty of excitement along the way, but not enough wins.

Yesterday, I got the radio broadcast on MLB Audio and the television broadcast synched up perfectly. Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler were talking about pancakes and providing the same great broadcast they always do. We even got a final Tony Vega appearance when Wil Nieves pinch-hit late in the game. I am going to miss those guys over the winter — they better be back too.

There is an awful lot to digest about the season and I’ll be looking back on it for some time.

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