August 23, 2019

Washington Nationals Game 53 Review: Buehrle Tosses A Complete Game Shutout, Washington’s Jordan Struggles Early

The Washington Nationals fell to the Toronto Blue Jays 8-0 on Wednesday night in D.C. after a dominant starting performance by left-handed pitcher Mark Buehrle and a rough opening tossed by Nats starter Taylor Jordan.

Jordan gave up ten hits and seven runs in six innings pitched while walking a batter and striking out four. He threw 100 pitches and 69 strikes. Jordan settled into a groove after a four-run first given up to the top of Toronto’s batting order but it wasn’t enough. The Blue Jays continued to score.

Toronto’s offense was all over Jordan. Second baseman Ryan Goins scored on a single hit by shortstop Jose Reyes in the fourth inning. Justin Smoak scored on a yet another hit by Goins, this time a double, before Goins went on to score off a RBI-single hit by Reyes in the sixth inning. Outfielder Jose Bautista hit the Blue Jays’ final run with a solo home run hit off right-handed reliever Taylor Hill.

Hill pitched three solid innings of work. Manager Matt Williams indicated Washington’s desire to utilize Hill for the full three innings when replacing Jordan to help rest the bullpen. It worked.

Washington ended up with six hits and five men left on base at the end of the night. Third baseman Yunel Escober went 2-for-4 with singles in the fourth and ninth innings. Outfielder Bryce Harper, who followed Escobar the night’s batting order, went 2-for-4 with a two-out in fourth inning and a two-out double in the sixth inning.

HERO: Nobody really. But if anybody, Harper for going 2-for-4 with a single and a double off Buehrle while he tossed a gem for Toronto.

GOAT: Taylor Jordan. A lead off walk, a double, two singles, and four runs four batters into the game is not a great way to start the night.

NATS NOTES:

  • Taylor Hill was solid in his three innings of relief work despite the solo homer to Bautista in the ninth.
  • Rendon is getting closer to a return. Manager Matt Williams mentioned after the game that he’d add a great deal toward strengthening Washington’s offensive output.
  • The platoon in left field was silent tonight. Neither Michael A. Taylor nor Tyler Moore recorded a hit.

NEXT UP: Jake Arrieta (4-4, 3.18) versus Gio Gonzalez (4-2, 4.73), 7:05 p.m.

About Rachel Levitin

Rachel Levitin is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Nationals. For the past five seasons, she was credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals as an author for We Love DC. During her time spent with WLDC, Rachel composed game stories, covered off-the-field special events, and chronicled both of the Nats’ recent playoff runs. In addition to her work with WLDC, Rachel’s writing has been featured in the Washington Examiner and on MASNSports.com where she has been a featured guest blogger for the Nationals Buzz blog since 2011. Her love for baseball stems from having grown up on the north side of Chicago and falling in love with the sport’s history as a result of growing up just minutes from Wrigley Field. Rachel moved to DC in 2005 and has been following along with the Nats since their inaugural season. You can follow Rachel on Twitter @RHLevitin.

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