September 22, 2020

Washington Nationals Game 77 Review: Strasburg, Nats out of gas in 9-2 loss to Brewers

After burning through the bullpen in the 16-inning affair Tuesday night, the Washington Nationals needed starter Stephen Strasburg to play “stopper” and give the pen a needed rest. It didn’t happen.

Strasburg gave up seven earned runs — matching a career-high — and the Nats offense mustered just two hits all day as they fell 9-2 to the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.

Strasburg (L, 6-6, 3.70) didn’t have very good command if his fastball. He was still throwing strikes (58 0f his 90 pitches were in the zone), but left many of his fastball offerings right over the plate. In 4 2/3 innings, he gave up eight hits and three walks, striking out just two Brewers.

The Nats (41-36) scored a run in the second on a pair of walks and a fielder’s choice by Nate McLouth, but the lead was short-lived.

Strasburg allowed a single to leadoff hitter Mark Reynolds in the bottom of the inning, That was followed by a double by Elian Herrera and a walk to No. 8 hitter Martin Maldonado, the backup catcher. After Brewers starter Marco Estrada struck out, 5’6″ Scooter Gennett turned around a 95-MPH fastball over the wall in center field for a grand slam and a 4-1 Brewers lead.

The Nats cut the lead to two in the fourth, as Ian Desmond’s double — the first hit of the game for the Nats off Estrada — drove in Ryan Zimmerman, who had walked to lead off the inning.

The Brewers answered right back. Khris Davis drilled Strasburg’s first pitch of the bottom of the fourth over the fence in left center to make it 5-2, and any life the Nats had was quashed.

Milwaukee added two more in the fifth off Strasburg, and two more in the sixth off reliever Taylor Hill, making his Major League debut on an emergency basis after the 16 inning game Tuesday night.

The Nats, after taking two of three against first-place Milwaukee, travel to Chicago for a four-game series with the Cubs. Doug Fister (6-2, 2.65) faces Travis Wood (7-6, 4.55) Thursday at 8:10 pm ET.

Nats Nightly: Nationals outlast Brewers, 4-2 on Ryan Zimmerman’s 16th inning HR

Dave Nichols of District Sports Page and Patrick Reddington of Federal Baseball discuss the Washington Nationals 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers in 16 innings.

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Washington Nationals Game 76 Review: Zimmerman’s homer in 16th ends longest game in Nats history

Ryan Zimmerman couldn’t have picked a better time to hit his first home run back from injury.

Zimmerman’s two-run shot in the top of the 16th inning propelled the Washington Nationals to a 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers — in the longest game innings-wise in Nats history.

With one out in the 16th, Adam LaRoche slammed a one hopper off the right field wall for a single. Zimmerman then watched two in the dirt before crushing the 2-0 offering over the left field fence off Brewers reliever Mike Fiers.

To add to the act, Zimmerman made a spectacular diving catch in the bottom of the inning to help preserve the win, as Rafael Soriano nailed down his 18th save of the season.

The Nats jumped on top of Yovanni Gallardo and the Brewers in the first inning. Denard Span led off with a single, stole second and went to third on Anthony Rendon’s infield single. Span then scored on Jayson Werth’s routine ground out.

Jordan Zimmermann ran into trouble in the fourth but escaped any damage with a big strikeout of Khris Davis to end the inning. But the Brewers took the lead in the fifth, as Ryan Braun delivered a two-out, two-run ground ball single just out of the reach of shortstop Ian Desmond.

Zimmermann grinded out six innings and allowed just the two earned runs on six hits and two walks, striking out nine along the way.

Rendon (3-for-5)  tied it in the eighth with his 12th home run of the year, a blast that narrowly avoided Carlos Gomez’ leap at the fence in right center field.

The teams traded zeros in extras but it was not without some tension.

In the bottom of the 13th, the Brewers got a runner to third with two outs. Manager Matt Williams instructed Ross Detwiler to walk Jonathan Lucroy intentionally to face Carlos Gomez. Detwiler was able to retire Gomez with a  soft line drive to short to end the inning.

Detwiler, much maligned this season, gave the Nats four scoreless innings of relief in extra innings, allowing just two hits and a walk.

In the top of the 14th, back-to-back singles by Zimmerman and Desmond gave the Nats life with one out, but Danny Espinosa and Jose Lobaton couldn’t get the job done.

Then in the bottom of the inning, with Drew Storen on the hill, Denard Span and Jayson Werth both made impressive gave-saving catches with a man on first.

  • Zimmermann, a Wisconsin native, pitched before dozens of friends and family.
  • Bryce Harper hit a mammoth home run in Potomac in his second appearance of his rehab assignment, and proclaimed no problems with his hand after the game. Wilson Ramos caught all nine innings. “I’m ready to rejoin the team and help them win games,” Ramos said after the game. He said he would fly to Chicago Wednesday to be ready to play Thursday.
  • The Nats continued to run against Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy. Denard Span, Ian Desmond and Anthony Rendon all had stolen bases. Span’s steal set up the Nats’ first run of the game in the first inning.
  • Jerry Blevins, Aaron Barrett and Craig Stammen all provided a scoreless inning of relief, though Blevins and Barrett both walked their first batters.

Nats Nightly: Nationals 3-0 over Brewers for three straight wins

Dave Nichols of District Sports Page and Patrick Reddington and “Doghouse” from Federal Baseball discuss the Washington Nationals 3-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

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Washington Nationals Game 75 Review: LaRoche homer powers Nats to 4-0 win

With the Braves now in the rearview mirror, the Washington Nationals headed to Wisconsin for a three-game set with the Milwaukee Brewers. In the opener Monday night, Gio Gonzalez gutted out six innings and Adam LaRoche provided all the fireworks, as the Nats topped the Brewers 3-0.

LaRoche provided all the offense the Nats (40-35) needed — or would get — in the third inning.

With one out in the frame, Anthony Rendon drew a walk and went to third on Jayson Werth’s line drive single to right field. LaRoche worked the count full against Brewers starter Matt Garza, then crushed the payoff pitch — an 84-MPH slider — off the back wall in straightaway center for a three-run homer, his ninth of the season.

Gonzalez, meanwhile, worked himself in and out of trouble during his six innings. He gave up just three hits, but walked four, and threw a lot of pitches in general. Testament to his lack of sharpness, he’d thrown 60 pitches through three innings.

But he settled down after and managed to get through six innings without allowing a run. He struck out five along the way against the hyper-aggressive Brewers order.

After Aaron Barrett and Drew Storen both threw scoreless innings of relief, Tyler Clippard was brought on to pitch the ninth, as Rafael Soriano was unavailable having pitched in the last three games. No worries, though, as Clippard struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth for his first save in two years.

The Nationals continue the three-game series in Milwaukee on Tuesday at 8:10 pm ET with Jordan Zimmermann (5-4, 2.95) facing Yovanni Gallardo (5-4, 3.34).

NATS NOTES: Bryce Harper and Wilson Ramos both played on a rehab assignment for High-A Potomac Monday. Harper went 1-for-1 with a walk and played three innings in left field, while Ramos caught a full nine innings and went 3-for-4 with a homer, double and single.

Washington Nationals vs Milwaukee Brewers Series Preview

After splitting their four-game series with the Atlanta Braves, the Washington Nationals now hit the road. They open their trip with a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals Game 110 Review: Dan Haren sharp as Nats shut out Brewers 3-0

In what might have been his best game in Washington Nationals uniform, Dan Haren tossed seven innings of shutout baseball in the Nats 3-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday night.

Haren allowed just four hits and two walks and struck out six, dazzling many with the kind of performance the Nationals have believed him capable of all season, despite his now 6-11 record.

The first of Milwaukee’s hits was recorded when the very first batter – Rickie Weeks – doubled to Bryce Harper in left. Weeks took third on a sacrifice bunt by Norichika Aoki, but Haren jammed Jean Segura on an 85 MPH cutter to get the foul-tip strike out.

Jonathan Lucroy earned a walk on seven pitches to keep the inning alive but Carlos Gomez lined out to shortstop Ian Desmond to end the inning.

The Nats struck first in the second inning off Donovan Hand (L, 0-3) after Jayson Werth singled and took second on a grounder from Adam LaRoche. Desmond drew a walk and, with Anthony Rendon batting, Werth and Desmond executed the double-steal. The tactic allowed Rendon to plate Werth on a sacrifice fly to right before Wilson Ramos flied out for out number three to hold the Nats’ lead to just 1-0. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals Game 109 Review: Zimmermann shuts down Brewers in front of familiar crowd

Jordan Zimmermann held the Milwaukee Brewers to just four hits in six innings to record his career-high 13th win in the Nats 4-1 victory Friday night.

With friends and family looking on in his home state, Zimmermann (13-6) struck out five but walked four without allowing a run to score.

Zimmermann nearly pitched into trouble in the bottom of the first after Rickie Weeks led off with a double and Jonathan Lucroy later earned a two-out walk. Zimmermann went after Carlos Gomez, striking him out on three pitches to end the inning.

Milwaukee left-hander Tom Gorzelanny, on the other hand, left the game in the second inning after Jayson Werth’s leadoff single hit him square in the elbow of his pitching arm. Alfredo Figaro came in to replace Gorzelanny, retiring Adam LaRoche, Ian Desmond and Denard Span in order. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals Game 84 Review: Ramos shines in return as Nats top Brewers 8-5

After missing 44 games with a left hamstring injury, Wilson Ramos returned to the Majors with a vengeance, powering the Washington Nationals to an 8-5 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on the Fourth of July.

Ramos went 3-for-4, knocking in a career-high five RBIs in Thursday’s matinee game. His five RBIs were more than welcomed after Drew Storen spoiled a potential win situation for rookie Taylor Jordan.

Jordan’s rockiest inning was the first. After Norichika Aoki flied out to left, Jordan hit Jean Segura with a runaway two-seamer. With two outs, Jonathan Lucroy singled home Segura to give Milwaukee a 1-0 lead. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals Game 83 Review: Strasburg short-changed by Nats bullpen in 4-0 loss to Brewers

Stephen Strasburg limited the Milwaukee Brewers to just three hits and four walks in seven innings pitched, but relief pitching cost the Washington Nationals a 4-0 loss.

Strasburg (ND, 4-6) was stellar by all accounts. He jammed up batters with his curveball, striking out eight and lowering his ERA to just 2.24 – which is easy to overlook given his sub-par wins-to-losses record.

His only trouble spot was the sixth inning, during which Milwaukee loaded the bases with just one out. Strasburg, however, regained control in time to strike out Juan Francisco and Sean Halton to pitch out of the jam. [Read more…]

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