Drafting sports USA, Oct. 15 (EFE) .- Dominican center fielder Victor Robles became the big news in the starting lineup of the Washington Nationals who faced the St. Louis Cardinals last night in the third match of the Old Circuit Championship Series, and immediately made his winning offensive support felt.
The Nationals overwhelmed the Cardinals 8-1 and took a 3-0 lead in the series that played the best of seven so one more victory and they will have achieved the pass to their first World Series in the history of the team.
Robles, who had missed the previous five playoff games due to a muscular tug, regained ownership in the Ninth of the Nationals, and not at all disappointed the Washington team driver, in Puerto Rican Dave Martinez, who fulfilled his word of reintegrate it into the team once recovered from the injury.RELATED
"I have always said that one works for success, but when success comes to you it surprises you," Robles said at the conclusion of the match that was played in the Nationals Park of the nation's capital. 'I felt very excited after Dave (Martinez) put me in and kept me on the pitch and I came back stronger.'
Robles, 22, finished the game with two hits and with second baseman Howie Kendrick and third, Hispanic Anthony Rendón, led the timely and productive batting of the Nationals.
The young Dominican slugger reiterated that the most important thing was to get the victory and help the team to be closer to the World Series.
The excellent work of Robles made Martínez look like a genius for putting him back in the center garden, despite the fact that Michael A. Taylor had shot a home run in the second game, which was played in San Luis.
There was no doubt for the Puerto Rican driver, who said Sunday that Robles "would receive a chance to play" instead of Taylor when he was 100 percent.
Robles made some swings in the batting cage and facilitated the decision to Martinez.
'He ran the bases (Sunday) and ran them decisively. He looked really good, 'Martinez said before the match. 'He is anxious and excited to return to the pitch.'
Robles hit eighth in order. He hit a hit line through the center of the diamond in front of the Cardinals' starter, Jack Flaherty, in the third episode when he also scored a run.
In the sixth, he found a straight from the reliever John Brebbia, with a 2-1 count, and sent it over the fence, between the right and center, which gave the Nationals a partial advantage of 7-0.
The 'Vic', as Robles affectionately call his teammates, hit .255 with 17 homers and 65 RBIs, in addition to stealing 28 bases during his first full season in the majors.
The last time he had played in the playoffs was in the second game of the Divisional Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Robles finished the game with two hits in four at-bats and drove a run, while his compatriot left fielder Juan Soto was 3-0 and stepped on the register once.
Another Quequeyan, veteran reliever Fernando Rodney worked perfectly the eighth episode by taking out the three 'outs' with two strikeouts after making 13 pitches and nine were 'strikes'.
For the Cardinals they had as a novelty in the starting lineup to the Venezuelan José Martínez in the right garden.
But 'Cafecito' Martínez could not change the inertia of the Cardinals' lack of batting, there have been only 11 hits and two runs scored in the last three games against the Nationals.
Although he was the best hitter of the Cardinals by leaving 4-2 and scored the only race that the San Luis team got.
The Dominican left fielder also went 4-2, but without production and veteran Puerto Rican receiver Yadier Molina had 4-1 without scoring or driven.
The Dominican reliever, the young Genesis Cabrera, 23, was perfect to take the last two 'outs' of the seventh episode.