August 18, 2019

Washington Nationals Game 127 Review: No Winning-Streak Hangover for Nats

CABRERA HOMERS AS NATS RALLY PAST GIANTS

Just a day after the Washington Nationals winning streak came to an end, they laid the ground work for a new one by defeating the San Francisco Giants 6-2 in a rain-delayed contest at Nationals Park.

After waiting out a rain delay that lasted nearly an hour, first pitch from Nationals’ starter Jordan Zimmermann came at just past five o’clock eastern.

San Francisco picked up right where they left off on Saturday after hanging 10 runs on the scoreboard Friday night. Angel Pagan doubled to lead off the game, and Hunter Pence gave the Giants an early lead when he took an eye-high (yes, you read that right) fastball to deep centerfield for a 2-run home run.

Unlike Friday night, Washington was able to answer in the bottom of the inning.

Denard Span (2-for-4, RBI) tripled to lead off the inning and Anthony Rendon (0-for-3, BB) walked to put runners at the corners. Jayson Werth (2-for-4, 2 RBI) continued the rally by singling on the first pitch of his at-bat to score Span and move Rendon to third. Adam LaRoche then capped off the rally by grounding into a double-play that allowed Rendon to tie the game at two apiece.

While he struggled in the first inning, Zimmermann settled in and retired the next nine consecutive batters, four by strikeout.

As Zimmermann held San Francisco at bay, Washington’s offense kept rolling.

In the bottom of the second, Asdrubal Cabrera (1-for-2, HR, RBI, BB) walked and advanced to second thanks to a successful sacrifice bunt by Zimmermann. Span, already 1-for-1 on the day, singled on the first pitch he saw to score Cabrera.

On a play that was eerily similar to their walk-off on Wednesday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Rendon then scored Span when Giants’ third baseman Pablo Sandoval airmailed a throw to first. Rendon was awarded second and Span scored the Nats’ fourth run. Werth then applied the finishing touches with an RBI single to center.

All three of the Nationals’ runs in the second inning came with two outs.

With a 5-2 lead in the bottom of the third, Cabrera put the finishing touches on Lincecum’s outing with a two-out, 2-0 homer to deep center, his second as a National. After Zimmermann doubled, Giants manager Bruce Bochy replaced his starter with Yusmeiro Petit.

Working with a 6-2 cushion, Zimmermann continued to cruise. After allowing two hits in the top of the fourth, he settled back in. Over his final four innings, he gave up three hits while striking out three, keeping San Francisco off the scoreboard in the process.

Matt Thornton (1 IP, 2 H) then came on to replace Zimmermann for the ninth inning. Despite allowing the first two batters to reach base, Thornton was able to finish the game thanks to a double-play and a fly-out.

Zimmermann (8 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 8 K) earned his ninth win of the season while Lincecum took home his ninth loss.

On Sunday, the Nationals will send Stephen Strasburg to the mound opposite of the Giants’ Ryan Vogelsong. First pitch from Nationals Park is set for 1:35 PM EST.

Game Notes

  • San Francisco had their chances to put runs on the board. On the game, they went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left a total of five men on base.
  • Jordan Zimmermann was effective in getting ahead early in the count. Of the 30 batters that he faced, 23 of them received first-pitch strikes. Of the 107 pitches that he threw, 78 of them went for strikes.
  • Tim Lincecum’s struggles against the Washington Nationals continued. With the loss, he now moves to 1-6 with a 5.77 ERA.

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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+!

About Brian Skinnell

Brian Skinnell is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Nationals and college football. He is a born-and-raised follower of Washington, D.C. sports, “The” Ohio State Buckeyes and auto racing. A graduate of Shepherd University in December of 2014, he has a degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies with a Concentration in Sports Communications. Prior to joining District Sports Page (for his second stint), he spent time with Rant Sports, Yahoo Sports and the Washington Redskins. For his day job, he is an Editor for Team Velocity Marketing. Follow him on Twitter @Brian_Skinnell.

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