Michael A. Taylor’s eighth-inning grand slam sent Cubs fans home early, the type of postseason moment that, no matter how the series ends, Nationals fans will remember for a long time to come.
Off of postseason-tested closer Wade Davis, of all people, who was called in to relieve Carl Edwards, Jr. mid-at-bat with two outs in the top of the eighth inning. The Nationals were leading 1-0, but some insurance — any insurance — sure would be nice in an elimination Game 4.
What made this homer especially captivating, every element was working against that ball going over the fence: the wind beating down towards home plate; Taylor going opposite field on a liner that didn’t seem to have enough; the Nats aren’t supposed to make their fans happy in the postseason.
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Here’s Nationals Radio announcer Charlie Slowes with the emphatic call:
One ball, one strike. Davis sets.
The kick and the pitch.
SWING AND A HIGH FLY BALL, RIGHT-CENTER FIELD. HAPP GOING BACK! WAY BACK! AT THE WALL…. HE LEAPS…
AND IT’S GONE! IT’S GONE! IT’S GONE! GOODBYE! IT’S A GRAND SLAM HOME RUN FOR MICHAEL TAYLOR! INTO THE BASKET IN RIGHT-CENTER FIELD! WITH THE WIND BLOWING IN! ON A DAY WHEN NO ONE COULD HIT IT OUT!
MICHAEL TAYLOR HAS HIT A GRAND SLAM HERE IN THE TOP OF THE EIGHTH INNING! AND IT’S NOW THE NATIONALS, 5, AND THE CUBS, NOTHING! UN-BELIEVABLE!
And a nice, clean (shareable!) audio version of the call!