The Morning Briefing: Nationals Split the Weekend Series with the first place San Francisco Giants; Next Up Pittsburgh Pirates
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- June 14, 2021: Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Washington Nationals; 7:05 pm EST
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- June 18, 2021: New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals; 7:05 pm EST
- June 19, 2021: New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals; 1:05 pm EST
Today’s Top Story: Joe Ross Pitches Eight Scoreless Innings and Schwarber Hits Two Home Runs and the Nationals Split the Weekend Series with the first-place San Francisco Giants.
It was an eventful weekend at Nationals Park this weekend when the Giants came to town. From Friday night, Max Scherzer left the game after 12 pitches and a Saturday double-hitter split, and then Kyle Schwarber hit two home runs to lead the Nationals to a series split.
While the Nationals were able to split the series, there were some down moments during the weekend and also some feel-good moments. On Saturday night, Victor Robles made another baserunning mistake which might have cost the team the game in the extra innings of a double header and some good moments.
The Nationals pitching staff only allowed three earned runs this past weekend and the pitchers weren’t guys named Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Patrick Corbin or Jon Lester. In fact the pitchers were Joe Ross, Erick Fedde, Jefry Rodriguez and a lot of relievers. This is a pretty impressive stat to think about.
In yesterday’s afternoon game, Kyle Schwarber hit two home runs in the lead off spot and had a four RBI afternoon. Joe Ross impressed off the mound by going eight innings giving up no runs.
Ross is now 3-6 on the season and has an ERA of 4.19 and has a 2.02 ERA over his last five games.
Joe Ross Final Line: 8 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9K. Ross also had three sacrifice bunts
The Nationals offense showed some life yesterday by scoring five on ten hits. Josh Harrison went 4-4 with three singles and two doubles and there were no base running mistakes!
The Nationals defense was impressive with some nice plays from Victor Robles and Ryan Zimmerman.
The Nationals are still sitting at the bottom of the NL East. Hopefully, the Nationals can make up some ground this week as they face the last place in the NL Central Pittsburg Pirates for a three-game set and then will face the first-place New York Mets at the end of the weekend.
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Must-Reads: Washington Nationals and Major League Baseball Headlines
- The Nats get an 8.0 inning gem from Joe Ross and 2 bombs from Schwarber to split this series! via Talk Nats
- The Washington Nationals still put on a good show, but is it big league baseball? Don’t bet on it. via Federal Baseball
- Washington Nationals: Let’s make Starlin Castro the first to go via District on Deck
- Schwarber is atypical – but productive – as leadoff hitter via MASN Sports
- Despite groin issue, Max Scherzer hopes to make his scheduled start Wednesday via The Washington Post
- Cavalli developing into Nats’ best pitching prospect since Giolito via NBC Sports Washington
- Sources: MLB finalizing memo on rule against use of foreign substances by pitchers via ESPN
- MLB foreign substance crack down: How the league’s enforcement of rules against doctored baseballs is working via CBS Sports
- 10 starting pitcher trade candidates, ranked via MLB