June 22, 2018

Washington Nationals Game 106 Review: Nats reach season-high in hits, runs in 14-1 win over Mets


When the hits fall in for this team, they’re fun to watch. The Washington Nationals pounded out a season-high 14 runs and 17 hits against five New York Mets pitchers, including  grand slam by Wilson Ramos and Denard Span’s second homer in as many days, beating the Mets 14-1 at Nationals Park.

The win marks the Nats fourth in five games after losing their previous six.

Taylor Jordan (W, 1-3, 3.31) earned his first big league win, allowing just one earned run on five hits and one walk, striking out seven, a personal best.

The hit parade against Mets starter Carlos Torres started in the second inning. With one out, Ian Desmond doubled to deep center field. Denard Span singled up the middle, moving Desmond to third. Wilson Ramos (2-for-4, 2 runs, 5 RBIs) started his big day with a single the opposite way, which plated Desmond. Taylor Jordan successfully sacrificed the runners up one base, and Bryce Harper followed with a two-run single to left, making it 4-0 Nats at the end of the frame.

The Nats picked it right back up in the third. Ryan Zimmerman (3-for-4) doubled on the first pitch of the inning. After Adam LaRoche flied out, Jayson Werth drew a walk. Desmond then singled to right field and Zimmerman just beat the throw with a nice far-side slide away from catcher John Buck. Span singled to load the bases, setting up Wilson Ramos’ first career grand slam, his sixth long ball of the season.

But the Nats weren’t done yet. Anthony Rendon led off the fourth inning with a ground ball single, and Zimmerman did the same. LaRoche grounded into a 4-6-3 double play, but Werth (2-for-3, 3 runs) came through with a single that plated Rendon for the Nats ninth run of the game. After a Desmond walk, Span singled again, which scored Werth. Unfortunately, Desmond was caught up in a run-down and was tagged out trying to return to third base.

Washington kept pounding Mets pitching in the sixth. David Aardsma entered and retired the first two batters, but then gave up a single to Werth. He advanced to third on a wild pitch and passed ball, and scored on Desmond’s single to center. Span (4-for-4, 3 runs, 3RBIs) followed with his second home run in as many days, a golf shot to center for his second homer of the season.

The Nats tacked on another run in the eighth. Steve Lombardozzi led off with a single and with two outs, Desmond (4-for-4, 3 runs, 2 RBIs) doubled to right field. Mets RF Andrew brown had trouble coming up with the ball and after originally stopping at third, Lombardozzi scampered home. Desmond was thrown out trying for third, but not before the runner crossed the plate.

THE GOOD: The Nats got multi-hit games from the 5-8 hitters in their lineup, including Denard Span’s 4-for-4 game and Wilson Ramos’ five-RBI day.

THE BAD: Craig Stammen. Since the first of June, Stammen owns a 4.91 ERA and 1.675 WHIP. He didn’t allow a run today, but loaded the bases on a hit and two walks before getting out of the jam.

THE UGLY: Adam LaRoche’s struggles continue. 0-for-4 with 4 LOB today. .173/.250/.307 with five XBHs in July. Not optimal.

THE STATS: 14 hits, 2 BBs, 4 Ks. 9-for-12 with RISP, 4 LOB. No errors, no DPs.

NEXT GAME: Tuesday against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park at 7:08 pm. Stephen Strasburg (5-8, 2.85) faces Anibal Sanchez (8-7, 2.68).

NATS NOTES: Before the game, Nats pitching coach Steve McCatty was hospitalized with an unknown condition. The team had not issued a statement on McCatty’s condition as of this post. We will update when more information is available. (UPDATE: McCatty experienced high blood pressure and irregular heartbeat before the game and was treated as resting. The team expects he will join them this week on the road in Detroit.)

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

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