April 3, 2020

Washington Nationals Game 68 Review: Rookie Joe Ross Impresses in Win Over Pittsburgh

Rookie pitcher Joe Ross stepped up to help the Washington Nationals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 on Friday night in front of a sold out crowd of 38,935 at Nationals Park while striking out eleven batters in his third Major League start. Ross was consistent through seven and one-third innings pitched. He threw 102 pitched and seventy three strikes while giving up one run on six hits, striking out eleven, and walking one batter. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals Game 108 Review: Rendon’s Four RBIs Help Nats Topple Phils

Anthony Rendon went 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs to lead the Washington Nationals to a dazzling 11-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies Saturday night at Nationals Park.

For weeks, the Nats have struggled offensively – having gone nine games without a home run, a streak in which the team’s highest run total was six, in a crushing defeat to the Miami Marlins.

But, on Saturday night against Philadelphia starter A.J. Burnett, the Nats seemingly made up for the slump in a matter of innings.

After Anthony Rendon’s first-inning single knocked in the Nats’ first run of the game, he returned in the second only to power a three-run shot over the center-field wall that made it 5-0 Nationals.

The early push sparked all the momentum needed to help each of the starting Nationals tally at least one hit in Saturday’s contest, including starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann, who added a run himself to the Nats’ tally by day’s end.

Zimmermann was sharp on the mound as well, backed by Rendon’s early insurance. In seven innings pitched, Zimmermann allowed no runs on five hits and no walks while striking out eight batters through 97 total pitches. The win marked the 50th of his career and just hist first in five starts.

Burnett on the other hand struggled through his short stint, lasting just 1.2 innings.

Due to a fielding error by second baseman Chase Utley to help start the second inning, only one of Burnett’s five runs allowed was considered earned. But, the starter’s three hits and two walks allowed didn’t help matters much.

From there, Philadelphia reliever Phillippe Aumont brought things from bad to orse for the Phillies. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals Game 57 Review: Strasburg Continues Run Vs. Phillies in Nats 8-4 Win

Entering Wednesday’s game, Stephen Strasburg had not allowed an earned run in 21 consecutive innings against the Philadelphia Phillies.

And, as good fortune would have it, the rout continued for a bit as the Nats’ right-hander fanned 11 in seven innings pitch to help Washington to an 8-4 win, complete with a nearly two-hour rain delay.

Both Strasburg (W, 5-4) and his opponent, A.J. Burnett (L, 3-5), held the offense to a minimum through the first three innings of play. In the fourth, however, Burnett’s tendency to issue walks proved costly once more.

After Adam LaRoche led off the inning with a double to left, Ryan Zimmerman grounded out to advance LaRoche to third. Then, Burnett walked both Wilson Ramos and Ian Desmond before Danny Espinosa doubled in two runs.

Then, Strasburg helped himself to an RBI via a single up the middle before Denard Span hit an RBI grounder to give the Nats an all-too-easy four-run lead. [Read more…]

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