(WASHINGTON) — For the first time since 1933, there will be playoff baseball in Washington D.C. The Washington Nationals (91-58) clinched a playoff berth Thursday by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers (77-73), 4-1.
Nats pitcher Ross Detwiler pitched six-innings of one run ball, and Nationals closer Drew Storen struckout Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez to end the game.
“They’re very confident in their ability and it’s fun to see them express it. That’s what they’ve done all year,” Nationals skipper Davey Johnson said about his team making the postseason. “The Veterans have great presence…but the youngsters in this organization have really stepped up, and I’m most proud of that.”
The Nationals’ magic number to win the National League East is now eight. They are currently 5 1/2 games ahead of Atlanta.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN