January 26, 2020

Washington Nationals Game 56 Review: Solos Homers from Harper & Ramos Not Enough, Cubs Beat Nats

The Washington Nationals fells 4-2 against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday afternoon in front of 38,214 baseball fans at Nationals Park in D.C. Chicago’s right-handed starting pitcher Jason Hammel out dueled recent Nats call-up, right-handed pitcher Joe Ross, who was subjected to a mostly quiet Washington offense throughout the day’s contest.

Ross threw 91 pitches and 58 strikes in five innings pitched. He gave up three runs on six hits while striking out four batters.

On the other hand, Hammel threw 100 pitches and 68 strikes in eight innings pitched plus one batter. He gave up two home runs on five hits while walking two and striking out seven batters.

Washington’s offense only managed to hit a pair of singles, two solo home runs, and draw one walk against Hammel. Catcher Wilson Ramos and outfielder Bryce Harper hit the two solo shots in the second and ninth innings respectively while Espinosa drew the walk. Harper and Robinson were responsible for the two other Nats singles tallied during the afternoon game.

Ross’ starting appearance was necessary due to injuries sustained by Nats pitchers Doug Fister and Stephen Strasburg and he joined Washington for his first Major League assignment earlier this week. He faced the Cubs’ batting order once through this afternoon before Chicago’s offense went to work against him.

Three consecutive singles to the top of the Cubs’ order in the top of the fourth resulted in Chicago’s first run off Ross when outfielder Dexter Fowler scored on a RBI-single hit by third baseman Kris Bryant. Chicago tacked on an additional two runs in the fifth inning when second baseman Jonathan Herrera scored on a two-out RBI-single hit by Fowler who proceeded to score off a RBI-double hit by first baseman Anthony Rizzo giving the Cubs a 3-1 lead.

Chicago’s final run of the day came in the top of the ninth inning when catcher Miguel Montero, who led off the inning with a walk off right-handed reliever Taylor Hill, scored on a RBI-single hit by Herrera to give the Cubs a 4-1 lead.

Harper’s solo homer to lead off the bottom of the ninth helped cut the Nats’ defecit in half of Washington could not recover, falling 4-2 for the day.

HERO: Bryce Harper. His ninth inning lead off solo shot cut the Nats’ deficit in half and marked his nineteenth home run of the season.

GOAT: Joe Ross. He’s filling in for a pair of big guns right now and he’s doing his part to help pass the time while Fister and Strasburg are on the DL, but today it didn’t really help the Nats much.

NATS NOTES:

  • Ramos hit his fiftieth career home run today with his solo shot in the fourth inning.
  • Left-handed reliever Felipe Rivero pitched three scoreless innings while walking one batter and striking out two.

UP NEXT: Kyle Hendricks (1-2, 3.99) and the Chicago Cubs face Jordan Zimmermann (5-2, 2.88) and the Washington Nationals in D.C. at Nats Park at 4:05 p.m. on Sunday.

 

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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