October 22, 2019

Washington Nationals Game 123 Review: Nats take 2 of 3 from Brewers

SUNDAY: Wilson Ramos and Anthony Rendon homered, Danny Espinosa drove in three with a double and the Washington Nationals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-5 to take two of three in the weekend series.

The Nats (62-61) remain five games behind the New York Mets, 5-1 winners over Colorado.

Jordan Zimmerman got the win, improving to 10-8, but he wasn’t particularly sharp. The veteran righty allowed four earned runs on eight hits and a walk, striking out seven. Drew Storen allowed a solo home run to Kris Davis leading off the eighth inning, but struck out the next three batters, and Jonathan Papelbon made a rare appearance in a 1-2-3 ninth to lock down the win.

Bryce Harper doubled twice in five trips and Rendon drove in three.

SATURDAY: Rookie Joe Ross was sublime, giving up just one run on six hits and no walks, striking out four, to lead the Nats over the Brewers 6-1.

Blake Treinen and Matt Thornton both pitched a scoreless frame in relief.

Michael Taylor extended a recent power surge, homering for the 13th time this season, and Anthony Rendon finally hit his second of the year, going 2 for 2 with two walks. Wilson Ramos and Taylor had two hits apiece as well.

FRIDAY: The Brewers rocked Gio Gonzalez and knocked him out of the game after just five innings as the Nats dropped the series opener 10-3.

Gonzalez had one of his worst starts of the season, allowing four earned runs (five total) on eight hits and two walks, striking out five. His defense let him down with a pair of errors and several other miscues.

Doug Fister took over and was no better, surrendering four runs (three earned) on four hits and a walk in just 1 1/3 innings. Tanner Roark gave up a run on two hits in an inning and two-thirds.

Bryce Harper hit his 31st homer in the sixth inning off Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson (W, 10-9, 3.60) and Michael Taylor connected for his 12th of the year in the seventh off Kyle Lohse.

Washington Nationals Game 63 Review: Scherzer throws one-hitter at Brewers

SCHERZER STRIKES OUT TEAM-RECORD 16 IN SECOND CAREER COMPLETE GAME

This offseason, the Washington Nationals paid a lot of money over a lot of years for the services of starting pitcher Max Scherzer. He’s been worth every penny thus far this season, and on Sunday he was extra special.

Scherzer allowed just one hit to the Milwaukee Brewers, a broken-bat bloop at that by Carlos Gomez, and struck out a club-record 16, to beat the Brewers 4-0 at Miller Park. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals Game 62 Review: Ross goes eight strong to top Brewers

The Washington Nationals have struggled hitting in their past 20 games, and dropped the first two of a four-game weekend series from the Milwaukee Brewers. On Saturday, the bats woke up a bit and the Nats benefitted from a tremendous outing from their rookie pitcher to top the Brewers 7-2 at Miller Park.

Joe Ross, making his second start of the season, was stellar to earn his first big league win. He went eight impressive innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk, striking out eight. Meanwhile, Bryce Harper reached base each of his five trips to the plate while Yunel Escobar and Wilson Ramos homered to provide a welcome bit of offensive prowess. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals Game 60 Review: Washington Falls to Milwaukee After Late-Inning Throwing Error

The Washington Nationals fell 6-5 against the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night after a throwing error by second baseman Anthony Rendon in the eighth inning allowing the eventual go-ahead run to move into scoring position in a tied game.

Starting pitcher Tanner Roark had a solid outing despite giving up nine hits. Roark gave up five runs, one of which was a solo homer to outfielder Gerardo Parra in the seventh inning, while walking one batter and striking out four. He threw 101 pitches and 67 strikes. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals Series Preview: Milwaukee Brewers

For the Nationals, who have been scuffling along these past couple of weeks, facing a team like the Brewers has to feel like good news. Of course, that’s probably what they thought when they faced the Reds at the end of May…and that’s when the recent struggles started.

But the Brewers (22-38) sit below the Reds in the National League Central standings, and behind almost every other team in every other division. Which is to say, record-wise they’re one of the worst teams in baseball. (They are a half-game in front of the Phillies.)

And even though the Nationals (31-28) have gone just 3-6 so far in June, their closest competitors in the National League East, the Mets, have not done any better. (One would argue, after being no-hit Tuesday by the Giants, the Mets have been worse, even if the record doesn’t show it.) The Nationals’ extra inning win over the Yankees Wednesday afternoon has them back in first place by a half-game, and now they get a chance to build on that momentum against a bad team in Milwaukee.

Of course, the Nats challenges, and there are many, were added to as Ryan Zimmerman was placed on the 15-day DL with plantar fasciitis. They recalled Matt den Dekker to replace him on the roster, so we’ll see a combination of Tyler Moore and Clint Robinson at first base for the foreseeable future. They also made a move to bolster the bullpen, trading for David Carpenter from the Yankees, in exchange for minor league 2B Tony Renda.

*The Last Time…

The Nationals and Brewers last met last July, when they opened their post-All Star break schedules against one another. The Nationals took two of three in the series, which included a Tanner Roark-Matt Garza matchup like the opener in this series. Garza has to hope for a better outcome: the Nationals knocked him out of the box after a third of an inning last year, scoring five times in the first inning. Washington also took two out of three when the teams met in Milwaukee earlier last year.

*In The Other Dugout

One indication of just how poorly things have gone for the Brewers this season is their record at home. The Brewers are a major league-worst 9-20 in Milwaukee, dropping seven of their last eight at home.

*Matchup To Watch

Aramis Ramirez is not having a great season so far (not many Brewers are), but he has enjoyed facing Jordan Zimmermann in the past: Ramirez is 8 for 22 with 4 doubles and a homer in his career against Saturday’s Nationals starter.

*Probables

Thursday, 8:10pm: Tanner Roark (2-2, 3.16 ERA) vs. Matt Garza (4-7, 5.09 ERA)

Friday, 8:10pm: TBA vs. Mike Fiers (2-6, 4.06 ERA)

Saturday, 4:10pm: Jordan Zimmermann (5-3, 3.18 ERA) vs. Jimmy Nelson (3-6, 4.05 ERA)

Sunday, 2:10pm: Max Scherzer (6-5, 2.13 ERA) vs. TBA

Washington Nationals Game 96 Review: Werth’s walk-off double helps Nats win series vs Brewers

NATS OVERCOME SORIANO’S BLOWN SAVE TO TOP BREWERS

Jayson Werth hit a walk-off RBI double in the ninth inning to lift the Washington Nationals to a 5-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers at Nationals Park Sunday afternoon, taking two of three from the Brewers to start the second half of the MLB season on a high note.

The Nats persevered despite a rocky start from Gio Gonzalez, who lasted just 3 ⅓ innings and, in that time, allowed three runs on four hits and tossed 88 pitches.

Washington got off to an early lead in the bottom of the second after Adam LaRoche singled on a grounder to left and, with one out, Bryce Harper singled, advancing LaRoche to third. As the third time’s the charm, Ian Desmond singled home LaRoche to make it 1-0 Nationals.

But Sunday was never meant to be a shining day for Gonzalez, it seemed.

After striking out Rickie Weeks to start the third, Gonzalez gave up back-to-back walks to Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez. Then, Jonathan Lucroy hit a soft grounder, and Gonzalez botched the play by lobbing the ball to first as Braun scored easily. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals Game 95 Review: Early Jump Powers Nats Past Brewers

After struggling to bring home base runners in Friday night’s loss, the Washington Nationals made applied their lessons learned early in Saturday night’s 8-3 rout of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Brewers starter Matt Garza (L, 6-7) lasted just a third of an inning, marking his shortest Major League start.

Denard Span kicked off the Nats five-run first inning with a lead-off single. Of all batters to retire, Matt Garza was able to force Anthony Rendon to strike out swinging. It would be Garza’s only out of the day, as Jayson Werth doubled deep to right, Adam LaRoche walked and Ryan Zimmerman singled home Span and Werth.

From there, Harper walked, Ian Desmond reached first on an infield single and Ramos singled home Zimmerman and Harper before Marco Estrada relieved Garza.

Perhaps eased by his five-run lead, Nats starter Tanner Roark handed back a run in the second by way of a Jonathan Lucroy double and stolen base. On the play, Ramos committed a throwing error that allowed Lucroy to come home to make it 5-1 Nationals.

The Nats tacked on additional runs in the third and fourth with help from Harper’s double in the third and walks to Werth and LaRoche in the fourth. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals Game 94 Review: Nats Struggle with RISP in Loss to Brewers

The Washington Nationals tallied ten hits against Milwaukee Brewers’ starter Kyle Lohse, but managed to fall 4-2 in the second-half opener at Nationals Park Friday night.

Stephen Strasburg (L, 7-7) was out-pitched, despite the fact he gave up fewer hits than his counterpart. Through seven innings pitched, he allowed seven total hits and four earned runs while walking one and striking out nine. Lohse, on the other hand, allowed 10 hits and managed just three strikeouts, but held the Nats to 1 run through his seven innings of work.

The Brewers earned an early run when, number-2 batter Scooter Gennett hit the first of the Brewers’ two solo homers off Strasburg to make it 1-0.

In the second inning, Khris Davis repeated the feat with a one-out solo shot of his own to give Milwaukee a 2-0 lead.

To double their efforts, the Brewers tried small ball in the third. After Lohse struck out to start the inning, Carlos Gomez grounded to short for the second out. Then, Strasburg handed Gennett a walk before Ryan Braun doubled and Aramis Ramirez singled to plate Gennett and Braun and double the Brewers’ lead.

The Nats didn’t have an answer until the third, and even then, they put up a small fight.

Ryan Zimmerman led off the inning with a double before Ian Desmond brought him home on a one-out double to make it 4-1 Brewers.

Despite several opportunities for progress – most of which began with a single – the Nats waited until the ninth to post another run.

With Francisco Rodriguez pitching for Milwaukee, Bryce Harper led off with a 389-foot solo shot to trim the Brewers’ lead in half. The deficit remained intact as Ian Desmond, Wilson Ramos and Kevin Frandsen went down in order.

THE GOOD: The Nationals tallied 11 total hits on the night – more than the Milwaukee Brewers could produce. While the long ball hurt Stephen Strasburg, he still provided a fairly solid outing – the Brewers merely capitalized on his mishaps. Bryce Harper, who has struggled a bit since returning from his injury, went 3-for-4 on the night with one run and one RBI and the solo homer. Denard Span also tallied three hits and Ryan Zimmerman added two and a run.

THE BAD: The Washington Nationals went 1-for-10 with RISP – only Ian Desmond brought home someone on the left side of the diamond

THE UGLY: The first inning featured a brief delay, courtesy of an obstruction call on a play involving Denard Span and Anthony Rendon. Span led off with a single before Rendon hit a grounder to short. Span outran the throw to second and was called safe but second base umpire Angel Campos called Span out for obstruction because of how he rebounded from his slide just in front of Scooter Gennet

THE STATS: 2 R, 11 H, 6 K, 1 HR (Harper), 1-for-10 with RISP, LOB 7

Washington Nationals vs Milwaukee Brewers Series Preview

As the All-Star break comes to a close, it’s time for the Washington Nationals to get back to work. To open the unofficial second half of the season, they’ll welcome the Milwaukee Brewers to Nationals Park for a three-game homestand. [Read more…]

Nats Nightly: Nationals drop series finale to Brewers, 9-2 in Miller Park

Dave Nichols of District Sports Page and Patrick Reddington of Federal Baseball discuss the Washington Nationals 9-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

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