"It happened so long ago, it seemed like it was yesterday, but Stephen Drew has come through with some big hits," manager Dusty Baker said. "And that's what we were told. I wasn't here when they signed him yet. [General manager] Mike Rizzo knows him, had him in Arizona. He's come through with some big, big hits for us. Huge hits. "
Drew isn't the only member of the Nationals who has been productive off the bench. Heisey, Clint Robinson and Michael Taylor have all played a role in the Nats being in first place. In fact, Taylor kept Washington alive by driving in the game-tying run in the 12th inning.
Asked why the bench has been productive this season, Drew said, "Everybody picks each other up. We are not just one. We are a whole team. You pick somebody up, then you get a chance to win a game. It's a team game. You could see it in this series."
Bill Ladson has covered the Nationals/Expos for MLB.com since 2002 and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.