WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Adam LaRoche’s five RBI not only contributed to the Nationals’ 8-5 14th-inning victory over the Dodgers Wednesday night, they were the absolute difference in the final score.
First off, no one could have predicted a guy entering the game in the ninth inning, on his day off, would end the day with three plate appearances, let alone five RBI.
But, last night’s win to give Washington the 2-1 series victory in Los Angeles wasn’t your run-of-the-mill extra-innings ballgame.
To emphasize this point, Nationals play-by-play announcer Dave Jageler had the game-winning call, a rarity of sorts and a right usually reserved for the Charlie Slowes half of the split PxP duties.
In fact, even after all the Nats’ late- and extra-inning heroics in the month of August, Jageler hasn’t had a game-winning call since June 24, when the Nationals beat the Brewers 4-2 in the 16th inning in Milwaukee.
Here’s how the broadcasting duo splits the workload in a typical nine-inning game.
Slowes innings: 1st, 2nd, 5th, 8th and 9th
Jageler innings: 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th
In extras, the pair alternates every other inning, with Jageler handling the even-numbered innings, and Slowes handling the odds, which would look something like this.
Jageler innings: 10th, 12th, 14th, 16th
Slowes innings: 11th, 13th, 15th, 17th
Through the Nats’ ten-game winning streak, for example, the club went to extras twice, on Aug. 17 against the Pirates and Aug. 18 against the D-backs. Both games concluded with a Slowes game-winning call in the 11th innings.
With that, let’s listen to Jageler’s rare game-winning call from the fourteenth inning of last night’s game.
Not to be overlooked, here’s LaRoche’s five RBI which all came in the ninth inning or later.