LISTEN: ‘Tony Two Bags’ gets Nats started in Game 2

Brian Tinsman
October 23, 2019 - 9:24 pm

When Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander gets batters in an 0-2 count, he has a favorite pitch: a deadly changeup that leads to ugly swings and misses.

Anthony Rendon was aware of that when he dug in with a 0-2 count and two men on in the top of the first inning, in Game 2 of the World Series.

According to Inside Edge, hitters were 0-for-12 in that situation with seven strikeouts. Rendon broke the streak in dramatic fashion, slamming the pitch off the left field wall and driving in two runs.

Here’s the call by radio analysts Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler, as heard on 106.7 The Fan:

It’s just another major play in a major moment for a player carrying out his contract season in the most impactful way possible.

It was Rendon’s first hit of the World Series. The two runs he drove in moved him past Goose Goslin for the second-most career postseason RBIs (15) in Nats history, trailing only Ryan Zimmerman (16).

Even though the Astros tied things up in the bottom of the first inning, it’s worth noting that the Nats have won four-straight postseason games in which they scored first.

Brian Tinsman has covered D.C. sports since 2011, both from the team marketing and skeptical fan perspectives. Tweet your criticisms @Brian_Tinsman.