February 26, 2020

Washington Nationals Game 58 Recap: Nationals melt down in seventh, lose to Yankees

Brian McCann had a two-RBI single in the seventh, and Masahiro Tanaka gave up one earned run in seven innings pitched as the New York Yankees beat the Washington Nationals 6-1 in the Bronx on Tuesday night.

McCann’s single to right was part of a four-run inning for New York, which featured a notable throwing error by Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond. Throwing to third base in an attempt to end the inning, Desmond’s attempted assist deflected into the dugout and gave New York a 2-1 lead. Max Scherzer took the loss, a decent effort (6.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 7 SO) squandered by the seventh-inning struggle.

Bryce Harper provided the only run for the Nationals, hitting a solo home run in the fourth to tie the game. He now has 20 dingers on the season.

Washington remains a half-game behind the Mets in the NL East standings, after the other New York side was no-hit by San Francisco.

HERO: Tanaka had six strikeouts and allowed a mere five baserunners in his seven innings of effort.

GOAT: Desmond’s 14th error of the season was one of his most ghastly, as a simpler throw to third on the aforementioned fielder’s choice could have provided for a much different result; the wheels fell off after that.

NEXT UP: Gio Gonzalez (4-3, 4.57) will attempt to split the two-game set with the Bronx Bombers against Nathan Eovaldi (5-1, 4.16) on Wednesday at 1:05 p.m.

About Eric Hobeck

Eric Hobeck is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins and Capitals. Eric contributes to high school sports coverage at InsideNova.com. He served as sports editor of The Rotunda at Longwood University for two years, where he was also the men’s basketball beat writer. He hosted a campus radio show for three years and called basketball and baseball games for the station’s award-winning sports team. You can follow Eric on Twitter @eric_hobeck.

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