Unlikely hero Tracy keys Nationals’ victory over Cubs again

And when his teammates began joining him on the scoresheet in the eighth inning against Cubs ace set-up man Kerry Wood and closer Carlos Marmol, LaRoche followed Espinosa’s homer and Ryan Zimmerman’s single with a base hit of his own. He watched Jayson Werth walk to load the bases and came scampering home from second when Tracy, pinch hitting in the pitcher’s spot after a double switch, laced his single to right.

“(Tracy) had to earn everything he got on this club,” LaRoche said, referencing the “1,000” innings Tracy played in spring training — many of them in his place as he recovered from a foot injury.

“I’m glad he had the spring he did. If he didn’t, you never know what could have happened. It’s good to have him on the club. He’s going to be a big part of this.”

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