first_imgIn a sport known for its absurd levels of superstition, Martinez’s faux pas stood out, and after Nationals starter Max Scherzer allowing a two-run home run in the first inning, it looked like it would be a long night for Washington. Instead, an eighth-inning single from Juan Soto (assisted by an error) brought in three runs and provided a 4-3 comeback win. The Nationals would have entered Tuesday’s wild card matchup against the Brewers seemingly at odds with baseball gods already, having failed to win any of their four playoff series since 2012. That made manager Dave Martinez’s mistake before the game that much more upsetting to fans.Martinez admitted to accidentally shaving his lucky postseason beard when the guard came off his clipper. He then opted to clean the rest of it up rather than appear with uneven facial hair. Nationals manager Davey Martinez admitted he accidentally shaved his playoff beard today. Guard came off clipper so had to tighten it up. “I screwed up.”— Tom (@Haudricourt) October 1, 2019MORE: A’s to lean on trio of rookies vs. RaysThree of Washington’s four previous playoff series letdowns came in the maximum five games of the NLDS. This was the team’s first wild card game appearance. It entered Tuesday considered a strong favorite over the visiting Brewers with Scherzer on the hill and a stacked lineup behind him.And despite Martinez’s shaver, the Nationals advanced to the NLDS.last_img

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