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Brewers lose to Nationals 4-3, eliminated from playoffs

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Josh Hader blows the final win of the season

Wild Card Round - Milwaukee Brewers v Washington Nationals Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

The Milwaukee Brewers ended their season after a 4-3 loss to the Washington Nationals. Josh Hader came in in the 8th inning with a 3-1 lead, but allowed a two-out, three-run double to Juan Soto to blow the game.

Things looked really good to start for the Brewers. Yasmani Grandal put the team ahead 2-0 with a two-run homer against Max Scherzer. Then Brandon Woodruff took the mound and did his job setting down the first three batters in order.

Eric Thames added another run leading off the second with a monstrous homer against Max Scherzer. Woodruff worked around a single in the bottom half of the inning and kept things scoreless.

The Nats finally got on the board with a solo homer from Trea Turner against Woodruff. The two out homer was all Washington could get off the righty in the third. Woody went another clean inning before being removed.

The offense went quiet for the rest of the game, only managing three more base runners off of Scherzer and struggling against Stephen Strasburg. Meanwhile, the Nationals threatened to score without Woody in the game. Brent Suter allowed a two-out single to Victor Robles and a bad throw from Mike Moustakas allowed Brian Dozier to reach. Suter escaped from the inning without any damage.

Drew Pomeranz replaced Suter and mowed down the Nationals hitters. The Nationals only managed to get one ball out of the infield against Pom and struck out twice.

The trouble finally came in the eighth inning against Josh Hader. Hader visibly struggled locating the zone the second he stepped onto the mound. He managed to strikeout Victor Robles to start the innings. Then, the tide turned on a very questionable hit by pitch call that went in favor of Michael Taylor. Hader threw a ball inside and the ball deflected off the nob of the bat and into Taylor. The umps called it a hit by pitch after extensive review, even though they were wrong.

With one on and one out, Josh Hader fought through his control problems to strike out Trea Turner. Two outs, one on. The Nats put Ryan Zimmerman in to pinch hit and he somehow got a shattered bat single into centerfield. Two on, two outs. Hader faced Anthony Rendon, an NL MVP candidate next. He worked hard to get back to a full county, but walked Rendon to face a likely future MVP in Juan Soto. Soto smacked a fastball to right, where Trent Grisham misplayed the ball and all of the runners came around to score, while Soto was tagged out in between second and third. Two of the three runs were scored as “earned.”

Lorenzo Cain put some fight into the ninth inning against Daniel Hudson, but LoCain was the lone hit against the dominant reliever.

The Washington Nationals are heading to Los Angeles to take on the Dodgers. The Brewers are headed home. An offseason of possibilities lie ahead for the team and we could have significant changes. Hopefully, whatever happens, it’s the franchise’s third-straight playoff appearance.