SAN FRANCISCO’S TWO OUT HITS DOOM NATIONALS
With a franchise record on the line at home, the Washington Nationals faltered to a 10-3 defeat at the hands of San Francisco Giants, bringing their winning streak to an end just a game short of the franchise mark.
The Giants sent Tim Hudson, who boasts a now 18-5 record all time against Washington, to the mound take on the now 12-4 Doug Fister. Early on, it was a pitchers dual that the Nationals held the early advantage in.
In the bottom of the second inning, Washington was gifted a run on a double-steal that was successfully executed by Anthony Rendon (1-for-3, BB) and Adam LaRoche (1-for-4). After stealing third, Rendon then advanced to home by rookie second baseman Joe Panik.
With an early 1-0 lead, Fister allowed just two base runners through the first three innings. With two outs in the top of the fourth, the Giants struck.
After recording the first two outs on just five pitches, Pablo Sandoval and Michael Morse both reached on back-to-back singles. On the first pitch of his at-bat, Panik then made up for his error with a three-run shot to center to put San Francisco ahead, 3-1.
In the bottom of the frame, Jayson Werth (2-for-4, RBI) answered with a solo shot of his own, his 13th home run of the year. The Nationals were back within one, but that would be as close as it got for the remainder of the game.
The Giants added seven more runs, starting with a Buster Posey solo-shot in the sixth. With two-outs in the top of the eighth, and reliever Jerry Blevins toiling in his second inning in relief of Fister, Travis Ishikawa plated two more runs with a double. The following inning, against a seemingly uninterested Ross Detwiler, San Francisco completed their offensive onslaught with four more runs in the ninth.
Wilson Ramos (1-for-4, RBI) doubled to score Ian Desmond (0-for-3, BB) for the games final run in the bottom of the ninth, but would merely be a consolation run. The Nationals win streak has come to an end at the hands of the San Francisco Giants, 10-3.
Tim Hudson earned the win for his effort, while Doug Fister (6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, BB, 3 K) picked up the loss.
On Saturday afternoon, the Nationals will send Jordan Zimmermann to the mound while the Giants will respond with Tim Lincecum. First pitch from Nationals Park is set for 4:05 PM EST.
- Amidst San Francisco offensive onslaught, Asdrubal Cabrera made two acrobatic throws to first to record outs. In centerfield, Denard Span made a web-gem play of his own on a diving catch ranging to right.
- For the 11th time this year, Bryce Harper was picked, this time after getting too big of a lead off of first. While he’s excelling at the plate, his base running needs some improvement.
- Following Jayson Werth’s homer in the fourth inning, Washington managed just three base runners until the ninth inning. All the while, San Francisco plated seven runs to pad their lead.
- Nationals pitchers struggled, at times, to record the final out of the inning. With two outs, San Francisco scored 5 of their 10 runs, including three in the fourth to put them ahead for good.
Brian Skinnell is a sports writer born and raised in the Washington, D.C.-metro area and covers the Washington Nationals, Wizards and MiLB for District Sports Page. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+!