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Game Notes: April 20, 2021 (St. Louis Cardinals v. Washington Nationals)

Game Details

St. Louis Cardinals (7-7) v. Washington Nationals (5-7)
Pitching Matchup: RHP Adam Wainwright (0-2, 7.11 ERA) v. LHP Patrick Corbin (0-2, 21.32 ERA
Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021, | 7:05 pm EDT | Game #15 | Home Game #
Nationals Park, Washington D.C. 
Radio:  106.7 The fan
Sirius XM Radio: 898
Today in Nationals History:  2009 – Jordan Zimmermann secured the win against the Braves at Nationals Park in his first big league start. His start was delayed twice, first by 24 hours with a rainout the previous week (start was pushed back one game), then by over two hours from a rain delay. Zimmermann worked 6.0 strong innings, allowing two runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out three, including Jeff Francoeur in the second inning for his first MLB strikeout.

Washington Nationals Game Story Line: Can the Washington Nationals Right the Ship?

Five days after Joe Ross had the Cardinals guessing on every pitch leading the Washington Nationals to win 6-0; St. Louis figured it needed to try something different, and they did. Last night, the Nationals were outscored 12-5 and dropped to 5-9. As a sign of where things stand for manager Dave Martinez at the moment: He turned to infielder Hernán Pérez to pitch the ninth, his second appearance in a blowout loss against St. Louis in less than a week. Let’s hope that the Nationals can turn things around tonight when they once again face the Cardinals at Nats Park.

Today’s GameNotes: What you Need To Know

Pitching Matchup

Today, the Washington Nationals will send left-hander Patrick Corbin to the mound. Corbin is looking to bounce back from his last appearance on Thursday, when he allowed a career-high ten runs in just two innings against his former team, the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Corbin has not faced the Cardinals since Game 4 of the 2019 National League Championship Series.

Making his 4th start of the 2021 season and his 397th career appearance (330th career start) Adam Wainwright is looking for his first victory of the 2021 season when he takes the mound against the Washington Nationals.

In his previous appearance last Wednesday against the Nationals, Wainwright had seven strikeouts. Appearing with Yadier Molina for the 278th career start as battery mates, currently ranked 6th all-time (since records were kept in 1908) in Major League history.

Entering play today, the Cardinals are in 3rd place in the National League Central, one game behind the 2nd place Milwaukee Brewers and 1.5 games behind the idle 1st place Cincinnati Reds.

The Strikeout Streak

Josh Harrison has not recorded a strikeout this season, with his last one coming on Sept. 26, 2020 vs. New York (NL)…

Harrison, has had 31 consecutive at-bats without a strikeout is the longest active streak in the Majors. and has hit safely in six of his seven games this season and has a .440/.500/.640 slash line.

Harrison recorded multi-hit efforts in four consecutive games from April 13-16, matching a career-high (4x, last: 6/6-10/18)…

He went 9-for-14 (.643) with a double, homer, five RBI, two walks and two runs scored and he has reached base safely in 11 of 16 plate appearances (.688 OBP) during the streak. 

Harrison hit his first home run of the season on April 15 vs. Arizona, a sixth-inning solo shot off Merrill Kelly.

Let the Good times Roll

Victor Robles has hit safely in four straight games and is hitting .364 (4-for-11) with a .462 on-base percentage (4 H, HBP, BB)…

Robles has hit safely in 10 of 14 games and reached base safely in 13 of 14 games to start the season and is tied for fifth in the National League with three hit by pitch.

Roster Moves

Today, the Washington Nationals announced that they have recalled right-handed pitcher Steven Fuentes and optioned right-handed pitcher Ryne Harper to the Alternate Training Site (Fredericksburg) on Tuesday. Fuentes started the 2019 season with Single-A Potomac, where he allowed just one earned run in 17.0 innings pitched (0.53 ERA). Fuentes was promoted to Double-A Harrisburg on May 8. He finished the 2019 campaign going 6–5 with a 2.23 ERA and one save in 23 games (11 starts) between Single-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg. He struck out 89 batters, walked 22, and surrendered just one home run across 80.2 innings pitched.

Game Lineups (Subject To Change without Notice)

Washington Nationals

Trea Turner – SS
Juan Soto – RF
Josh Bell – 1B
Kyle Schwarber – LF
Josh Harrison – 2B
Starlin Castro – 3B
Yan Gomes – C
Victor Robles – CF
Patrick Corbin LHP

St. Louis Cardinals

T. Edman – 2B
P. Goldschmidt – 1B
N. Arenado – 3B
Y. Molina – C
D. Carlson – CF
P. DeJong – SS
A. Dean – LF
J. Williams – RF
A. Wainwright – P

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