August 11, 2020

Washington Nationals Game 89 Review: Kershaw and the Dodgers Beat the Nats

The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Washington Nationals 4-2 on Saturday afternoon in front of a sellout crowd of 41,426  as the result of a dominant performance by All-Star starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw.

Kershaw struck out 14 batters — a season high for him and the most strike outs at Nats Park by an opposing team since 2005 — to give the Dodgers the win. He threw 101 pitches and 73 strikes in eight scoreless innings pitched and gave up three hits.

The pitching dominance exhibited by the Dodgers along with their productive offense left the Nats bats mostly dormant and Nats starting pitcher Doug Fister in a rough place.

Fister threw 91 pitches and 58 strikes in five innings of work. He gave up nine hits and four runs while striking out one, walking two (one intentionally), and hitting a batter.  [Read more…]

Washington Nationals Game 96 Review: Missed opportunities, Soriano 9th prove costly in Nats’ loss to Dodgers

If this is what charging out of the gates in the second half looks like for the Washington Nationals, they may need to quickly re-evaluate how to gain momentum down the stretch.

Friday night’s contest, which marked the opening of the second half of the season and the start of an 11-game homestand, included its fair share of scoring chances against the now 48-47 Los Angeles Dodgers.

As Davey Johnson declared after the game, Stephen Strasburg “pitched one heck of a ballgame.” Aside from a third-inning two-run shot given up to Hanley Ramirez in the third inning, Strasburg was stellar. In seven innings pitched, he gave up the two runs on seven hits, one walk and six strikeouts, throwing 71 of 104 pitches for strikes. [Read more…]

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