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The Morning Briefing: Nats Get Swept in the Doubleheader; head to LA

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Today’s Morning Briefing was written by Richard and edited by Jonathan.

Today’s Top Story: Washington Nationals Get Swept in the Doubleheader and now head for LA to face the 2020 World Series Champions the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Well, the first game of the 2021 Season went really well! The second and third games, not so good. In the second game of the doubleheader, the Washington Nationals were unable to capitalize on a dominating performance by Stephen Strasburg, losing 2-0 to the Atlanta Braves. In his 2021 debut, Strasburg struck out eight in six scoreless innings and also had the team’s only extra-base hit with a first-inning double. Strasburg only threw a total of 85 pitches. 

Despite all the hard work by Strasburg in the second game, the Nationals were unable to score a run and Atlanta pinch-hitter Pablo Sandoval slugged a go-ahead, two-run homer against Tanner Rainey in the seventh. In the first game of the doubleheader, Trea Turner homered for the second straight day and Starlin Castro had three hits and three RBI, but the Nats dropped a 7-6 decision to Braves. Erick Fedde struggled in his own 2021 debut, lasting just 1 2/3 innings and giving up six runs on six hits and three walks. 

During the first game of the double header, Sam Clay made his MLB debut and it was pretty impressive. Clay struck out NL MVP Freddie Freeman and Marcell Ozuna back-to-back, while pitching a scoreless fourth inning. Now the Washington Nationals head West to LA to face off with the 2020 World Series Champion Los Angeles Dodgers and then head to St. Louis to play the Cardinals, the schedule seems familiar right?  

We will have the series preview up on the site soon! 

First Impressions of the First Series

I take a closer look at some of the highs and lows of the first series against the Atlanta Braves. From the article: “Over the years we have seen two different Stephen Strasburgs. Early in his career, he was a pitcher who would start to spiral out of control whenever something went wrong after he executed his pitch. Over the past year or two, that has changed significantly.”

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