August 20, 2019

Washington Nationals In-Game Report: Matt Grace makes MLB debut

In the seventh inning of tonight’s Washington Nationals game, manager Matt Williams called upon LHP Matt Grace out of the bullpen to make his MLB debut.

Grace was recalled before the game when Felipe Rivero was put on the disabled list with a gastrointestinal bleed.

Grace, 26, becomes the third man to hold the “second lefty in the pen” role this season, following Rivero and Xavier Cedeno, who was dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers for “cash considerations” early in the day.

Grace was 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA in 7 2/3 innings in Syracuse this season. Last year, he was 5-1 with a 1.17 ERA between Harrisburg and Syracuse. He has a low-90s fastball with lots of sink, which generates a lot of ground balls.

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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