August 8, 2020

Washington Nationals Game 124 Review: Nats Shut Down Diamondbacks to Extend Win Streak to Eight

With their current win streak numbering eight games, the Washington Nationals would likely invite the Arizona Diamondbacks to stay in town if given the option.

Tuesday night brought their largest margin of victory of the Arizona squad thus far as Ian Desmond and Asdrubal Cabrera together batted in seven of the Nats’ runs en route to an 8-1 win.

The heavy hitting likely helped starter Stephen Strasburg (W, 10-10) find his comfort zone as he allowed just one earned run – a homer by David Peralta – on three hits and one walk through 8.0 innings pitched. He also threw 61 of 95 pitches for strikes, and struck out four batters.

Arizona pitching didn’t fare so well.

Starter Chase Anderson (L, 7-5) lasted just two innings, during which he gave up six runs on six hits and three walks. Perhaps surprisingly yet, all six of Anderson’s runs allowed occurred in the third inning – before an out was recorded.

It was actually the Diamondbacks who struck first – the only time in which they posted a run on the board.

After Strasburg retired the first two batters of the game, Peralta worked him to a 2-2 count on five pitches before powering a four-seam fastball over the right-center field wall.

Following two fairly quiet innings, the Nats answered. Oh, did they.

Denard Span, Anthony Rendon and Jayson Werth started off the bottom of the third with back-to-back-to-back singles, the last of which knocked in a game-tying run.

Adam LaRoche then drew a walk to re-load the bases before Desmond’s single brought home Rendon and Werth.

Bryce Harper then singled to once again load the bases before the Diamondbacks called on Eury De La Rosa for relief.

In the blink of an eye, it was already too late. But, Asdrubal Cabrera provided some insurance with a three-run double that made it 6-1 Nationals.

Oddly enough, Jose Lobaton, Strasburg and Span then closed the inning with three consecutive swinging strikeouts, but nevertheless, enough damage had been done.

For added insurance, the Nats added two more in the bottom of the sixth.

With one out, Rendon and Werth hit back-to-back singles before LaRoche lined out to center, holding the runners.

Then, Desmond singled to right to bring home Rendon and Werth, to help the Nats to an 8-1 win.

Jerry Blevins took the mound for Washington in the ninth and delivered a 1-2-3 inning featuring two strikeouts.

 

THE GOOD: In baseball, when you’re hot, you’re hot – and the Nationals are on fire. The Atlanta Braves have managed to hold onto just a six-game deficit thus far through Washington’s streak, but with each passing day, even six games becomes ever greater.

The Nats also went 7-for-15 with runners in scoring position.

THE BAD: In the midst of Tuesday night’s rout, Adam LaRoche missed out on the fun going 0-for-4 with a strikeout. He did, however score a run, courtesy of a walk issued by Anderson.

THE STATS: 8 R, 12 H, 5 BB, 7 K, 7-for-15 RISP, 8 LOB

About Alyssa Wolice

Alyssa Wolice is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Nationals and Wizards. As a former production assistant, she covered the Nationals, Redskins, Capitals, Wizards, D.C. United and local collegiate teams. You can follow Alyssa on Twitter @awolice.

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