Washington #8 vs. Seattle #1
Game 1: Cole Hamels vs. Justin Verlander
Verlander enters the 9th inning with a 5-1 lead but the Nationals manage to score 5 runs of Verlander and K-Rod with the help of errors by Longoria and Brandon Phillips. David Robertson pitches a scoreless 9th to hold the victory for Hamels who scatters 10 hits and 2 National errors to earn the victory 6-5 in game 1.
Game 2: James McDonald vs. Felix Hernandez
Jeff Francouer hit a grand slam in the second inning in a rough inning which also saw a Pujols error and 5 National runs. The Mariners slowly chip away at the lead by adding a couple of runs in the 6th in the 7th inning to make it 6-5. Mike Adams and David Robertson do a good job of not allowing the tying run to score from second in the 7th and 8th innings as the Nationals win another road game 6-5.
Game 3: Jeff Samardzija vs. Stephen Strasburg
Mike Baxter singled in two runs in the 6th. A-Rod pinch hit for Samardzija in the 6th and knocked in a couple more runs for a 5-2 lead. Four relievers combined to hold the lead and give the Mariners their first victory in the series.
Game 4: Justin Verlander vs. Clay Buchholz
Mariners jump out quick with three runs in the first and five in the third for a 8-1 lead. Verlander tires in the 8th inning but asks to keep the ball in the blowout. He allows a couple more runs while he finishes with 12 strikeouts. Mariners win 8-3 and tie the series 2-2 as the road team as won each game so far.
Game 5: Felix Hernandez vs. Cole Hamels
King Felix is hurt by the long ball again. This time, Billy Butler launches a 3 run shot in the first inning. That is all Hamels needs. He allows one hit until the 8th inning. Butler launches another 3 run blast in the seventh. Nationals show everyone the home team can win a game as they coast to the victory, 7-0. They are on the brink of a big upset as the Mariners tied a regular season record for victories at 110.
Game 6: James McDonald vs. Matt Moore
Mariners are inspired by the home crowd and come out hungry. Longoria hits a first inning bomb. They capitalize on a Drew Stubbs error in the second inning and add four runs for a 5 run lead. Gordon Beckham leads off the 7th with a HR to put the Nats on the board. Mike Trout and Billy Butler add a couple of two out RBIs to cut the deficit to 2. Darren Oliver comes in to stop the rally while K-Rod closes out the ninth for the save and 5-3 Mariner victory.
Game 7: Stephen Strasburg vs. Justin Verlander
Mike Trout and Carlos Gonzalez hit back-to back HR in the first inning. Billy Butler just misses making it three in a row. Ryan Braun answers with a solo HR in the second. Mariners add two runs in the third to take the lead. The second run on a GIDP by Longoria. Mariners add 2 runs in the sixth with HRs by Brandon Belt and another by Braun. Verlander goes the distance striking out nine and allowing four hits. 5-2 Mariners.
Washington put up a surprising tough fight. Congratulations to Nats manager Angelo on a great season. He has some fun young players to build around.