January 25, 2022

Washington Nationals Game 117 Review: Bumgarner sublime, Nats drop sixth straight


Rock bottom?

The Washington Nationals fell below .500 after losing their sixth game in a row, shut out by Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants 5-0 on Sunday, completing the first four-game sweep against the Nats since Jim Riggleman’s first four games as a Nats manager.

The Nats, 10-20 since the All-Star break, remaining 4 1/2 games behind the New York Mets, 8-1 losers to Pittsburgh.Bumgarner was sublime. He gave up just three hits and one walk in his complete game shutout, striking out a career-high 14. The Nats had just two runners reach scoring position.

Nats starter Joe Ross had no problem breezing through the order the first time, retiring nine in a row, six via strikeout. But getting their second look, the Giants did some damage. Gregor Blanco led off the fourth with a single to center and went to second on Matt Duffy’s long fly out to center. He scored when Brandon Belt clubbed a double over Jayson Werth’s head in left.

After Buster Posey grounded out, Ross hung a slider to Hunter Pence, and the awkward right fielder crushed it half way up the stands in left to make it 3-0 just that quickly.

The Giants added another against Ross in the fifth. Kelby Tomlinson reached on an infield single, then scored on Madison Bumgarner’s double to right.

Bumgarner added insult to injury in the seventh, crushing his fourth homer of the season of reliever Casey Janssen.

The Nationals have an off-day on Monday before starting a three-game set with Colorado. Jordan Zimmermann with face David Hale (3-4, 5.69).

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


  1. Jim Riggleman! The Nats are now performing at Jim Riggleman-like levels! That is definitely not playoff caliber.

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