September 20, 2019

Washington Nationals Game 152 Review: Treinen coughs up late lead; O’s sweep

The Washington Nationals bullpen failed to hold a late-inning lead once again and the Baltimore Orioles completed a three-game sweep beating the Nats 5-4 at Nats Park.

Up 4-3 going to the eighth courtesy of a two-run seventh-inning rally, Blake Treinen was summoned to keep the status quo. He did not, allowing a single and homer to the first two batters he faced — the latter to lefty swinging Matt Wieters — and the Nats were unable to scratch anything out against the O’s pen.

The O’s got to Roark right away in the first inning. Gerardo Parra led off with a double and immediately scored on Manny Machado’s single. Baltimore added two runs in the fourth. Matt Wieters led off with a single, and Jonathan Schoop drilled a 1-0 fastball to the stands in center for a 3-0 lead.

Meanwhile, the Nats offense could get nothing going against O’s rookie starter Tyler Wilson. A two-out double-play grounder from Jayson Werth killed the first inning. Roark led off the third with a single, but didn’t move from first. Clint Robinson drew a one-out walk in the fourth, but Ian Desmond and Michael Taylor both struck out to end any threat.

The Nats (78-74) finally broke through in the fifth. Wilson Ramos led off the frame with a single, and went to third on pinch-hitter Trea Turner’s double to the left field corner. Anthony Rendon just missed a homer to center, but Parra’s catch against the wall was enough to bring Ramos home with Washington’s first run.

Yunel Escobar followed with his second hit of the day, a single to left, and Turner raced home to make it 3-2. Unfortunately, Bryce Harper grounded into a 1-6-3 double play to end the inning.

After more futility in the sixth, Wilson Ramos came through with a titanic blast in the seventh, nearly clearing the bleacher section in left for his 14th of the season to tie the game at three. Matt den Dekker drew a four-pitch walk and Rendon singled softly to right.

That’s when Escobar lashed a double to right center, easily scoring de Dekker, Rendon raced around from first and even though the throw was off-line, Wieters was able t o dive back into the plate and get Rendon just before he slid across. After a quick replay, the call was upheld — but the Nats had the lead.

The O’s walked Harper intentionally to face Werth (0 for 4, 4 LOB), and the aging outfielder lined out to end the rally.

It meant nothing. Treinen came on for the eighth and immediately gave up a single to Steve Pearce, then a massive two-run shot to Wieters on a center-cut fastball.

NATS NOTES: The Nationals said before the game that Danny Espinosa’s season is probably over due to the right hamstring tear he suffered last week against the Phillies. He hasn’t played since and after an MRI Wednesday, before Thursday’s game manager matt Williams described it as a “four-week type thing” and that Espinosa was “likely done for the season.”

NEXT GAME: Friday at 7:05 p.m. against the Phillies at Nats Park. Jordan Zimmermann (13-8, 3.49) hosts Jerad Eickhoff (1-3, 3.16).

 

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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