Mike Rizzo issues warning to Dodgers ahead of NLDS showdown
The Washington Nationals exorcised some serious postseason demons with a thrilling comeback victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night, and Mike Rizzo believes perhaps the biggest moment in the team’s postseason history could serve as catalyst to more great memories this fall.
After getting down early 3-0 to the Brewers in front of the hometown fans before making it 3-1 in the third inning, the Nationals’ lineup largely went silent against Milwaukee’s pitchers. That is until Juan Sato hit a go-ahead two-run single (another run would score on an error) in the seventh inning off Brewers closer Josh Hader.
The Nationals went on to hold the lead for a 4-3 win in the NL Wild Card Game, setting up a date with the Los Angeles Dodgers in an NLDS showdown that starts Thursday.
Appearing on D.C. radio on Wednesday, Rizzo issued a warning to the Dodgers about the positivity now pervading the Nationals clubhouse.
“I wouldn’t want to play the Nats right now if I were a Dodger,” Rizzo said on The Sports Junkies, as transcribed by NBC Sports Washington.
Rizzo went on to praise the Nationals’ tenacity and patience while staging the comeback, adding, “We finally got a ball to bounce our way.”
In the end, though, Rizzo indicated the come-from-behind victory, which seemed improbable ahead of Soto’s clutch hit, is only a sign of the things to come for the Nationals, a team that has been seemingly snakebitten in its last five heartbreaking postseason appearances.
“I’m gonna say the one that’s coming up is the biggest moment because we’re just getting this thing rolling,” Rizzo said.