On a sunny Thursday afternoon it would be logical to expect an easy, by-the-numbers baseball game, but there was nothing routine about today’s final of a four-game series with the Pittsburg Pirates. First Lady Michelle Obama was among the spectators in the stands, reported the Washington Post—her second visit to a Nats game in two years. What she saw was some wild baseball action and then a ninth-inning tie.
Nationals manager Davey Johnson was kicked out of the game in the six inning by umpire Mike Winters after a dispute with a call against Ian Desmond. Only an inning later, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was tossed by another umpire, Laz Diaz.
The Nats were actually winning for much of the game, but Pittsburgh, with bases loaded, tied it up in the ninth. Bryce Harper then finished things with a walk-off to left center field, and the Nats won 9-7, ending a six-game losing streak. We’ll assume the First Lady cheered as loudly as anyone at Nats Park.