October 19, 2019

Washington Nationals Game 86 Review: Nationals win wild one behind Espinosa homer

Danny Espinosa hit a three-run home run in the sixth, and the Nationals’ bullpen allowed just one hit over four innings as Washington beat the Orioles 7-4 on Saturday night in Baltimore.

Needing a win to even the Beltway Series at one game apiece, the Nationals (47-39) went down 1-0 early via a Jimmy Paredes groundout that scored Manny Machado. They came back to score two in the second and take the lead, but Caleb Joseph’s two-run shot in the bottom of the inning gave the O’s the lead back.

It was 4-2 entering the visitors’ half of the sixth when the power bats took over for the Nats. Harper’s 26th dinger of the season pulled Washington within one; after Clint Robinson and Wilson Ramos followed up with a pair of singles, Espinosa blasted an 0-1 delivery from Miguel Gonzalez to right field for the go-ahead home run.

Drew Storen allowed a hit and a walk in the ninth, but gave up no runs for his 26th save of the campaign.

Hero: Give it to Espinosa, whose home run was a play desperately sought by a team that had lost three straight. Oh, he had this nifty little double play as well:

Goat: Jordan Zimmermann could have had a better outing (four earned runs in five innings pitched), but he should be cut some slack for starting right off the paternity list.

Nats Notes

  • It was announced before the game that Max Scherzer will start for the Nats on Sunday, rendering him ineligible for Tuesday’s All-Star Game.
  • Harper’s home run was his first ever at Camden Yards.

Next Up

Scherzer (9-7, 2.12) vs. Wei Yin Chen (4-4, 2.82) at 1:35 p.m. on Sunday in Baltimore.

About Eric Hobeck

Eric Hobeck is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins and Capitals. Eric contributes to high school sports coverage at InsideNova.com. He served as sports editor of The Rotunda at Longwood University for two years, where he was also the men’s basketball beat writer. He hosted a campus radio show for three years and called basketball and baseball games for the station’s award-winning sports team. You can follow Eric on Twitter @eric_hobeck.

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