September 20, 2020

Washington Nationals Spring Training: Nats fall to Yankees in final tuneup

WASHINGTON — In the final tuneup before Monday’s Opening Day, Doug Fister turned in a typical outing, but the Washington Nationals fell to the New York Yankees 4-3 at Nationals Park.

The Nats jumped all over Yankees Nate Eovaldi in the first inning. Michael Taylor led off with a single and went to third when Yunel Escobar singled through the hole at second asTaylor was running on the pitch. Bryce Harper walked, and Ryan Zimmerman’s fly to medium left field brought home Taylor and moved everyone up, including Harper taking a hyper-aggressive advance to second base.

Wilson Ramos followed with a single up the middle, scoring both runners.

Meanwhile, Fister cruised through the first three innings, facing just nine batters. He hit a batter and gave up a single in the fourth, but got through unscathed.

He wasn’t as lucky in the fifth, as a leadoff double the other way by Brian McCann and two-out homer from Stephen Drew made it a one-run game.

Fister went six innings total, allowing two earned runs on four hits, walked none, and struck out three.

Speaking of unlucky, in the eighth, Drew Storen came on for his first appearance in a week since suffering a blister on his foot. He got a popup for the first out and a routine fly which should have been out No. 2. But Matt den Dekker lost the ball in the sun in center field and it fell for a double.

So of course, the next batter, Chris Young, ripped a line drive through the teeth of a 20 MPH wind coming in from left just over the wall, and the Nats trailed 4-3. Storen left after 20 pitches and Rich Hill came in and struck out the next two batters, but the damage was done.

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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