Washington Nationals 6/11 – 6/17
By Jason Smith
The Washington Nationals were fortunate to get a healthy Adam Eaton and Daniel Murphy back into their lineup, however they did not bring good fortune with them. The Nationals have experienced a rough stretch and find themselves losing ground to the Atlanta Braves in the division. Hopefully at some point in the season the Nationals will be able to put together a 100% healthy lineup and get back on track.
Tuesday, June 12th – The first game of the Nationals five game road trip began in New York against the Yankees. Tanner Roark gave the Nationals a quality start, however the Nationals did not have an answer for CC Sabathia and New York’s bullpen. Daniel Murphy served as the team’s designated hitter in his return from the disabled list, going 0 for 4 with two strikeouts on the night. Nationals 0, Yankees 3
Wednesday, June 13th – The Nationals, dealing with injuries to Jeremy Hellickson and Stephen Strausburg, called up one of their top prospects, Erick Fedde, to pitch in game two against the Yankees. Facing the toughest lineup in baseball, Fedde had a respectable outing, allowing four runs on six hits over five innings. The Nationals offense was led by another one of their top prospects, Juan Soto. Soto is only 19 years old and currently sports a .319 batting average with five home runs in 22 games. Soto hit two of his home runs Wednesday night with four RBI to help the Nationals split the series in New York. Nationals 5, Yankees 4
Friday, June 15th – The Nationals traveled to Toronto for a three game series with the Blue Jays. In game one, Gio Gonzalez had his worst outing in quite some time. Gio pitched six innings but allowed five runs while only striking out three. The Nationals offense, led by Anthony Rendon’s three hits, kept the game close but in the end it was not enough to secure a victory. Nationals 5, Blue Jays 6
Saturday, June 16th – After losing four of their last six games, the Nationals sent Max Scherzer to the mound to try and right the ship. Scherzer has started a number of games this season where the Nationals were in need of a win and he helped lead them to victory. Max did his part, striking out 10 batters over six innings and only allowing two runs, but the Nationals offense was once again nowhere to be found. Shut out for the second time in four games, the Nationals could not take advantage of another quality outing from Max Scherzer. Nationals 0, Blue Jays 2
Sunday, June 17th – The final game of the road trip, the Nationals were looking to avoid a sweep from the Blue Jays. Tanner Roark was on the mound for the second time this week but unfortunately could not give the Nationals the innings they needed. Only going four innings and allowing four runs, the Nationals had to turn to their bullpen. The Nationals were able to keep the game close until the eighth inning when Ryan Madson gave up back-to-back home runs to give the Blue Jays the lead. Nationals 6, Blue Jays 8
The Nationals will play seven home games next week and will need to find a way to get back into the win column. They will have a make up game on Monday against the Yankees, then two three-game series’ against the Baltimore Orioles and Philadelphia Phillies. There is no timetable for Strausburg’s return to the rotation, but the Nationals are going to need him soon if they want to make a run before the All Star Break.
Current Record – 37 – 31; 2nd Place in NL East