WASHINGTON D.C. — On paper, the pitching matchups in this series were a huge mismatch. The Giants were sending two rookies and Derek Holland out there against Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Max Scherzer. Night One went to the Giants, anyway.
Strasburg was shelled in two innings before leaving with an injury and the Giants rolled to a 9-5 win over the Nationals. After taking five of six on the homestand, they opened a 10-game trip with a big victory. Here are the details…
—- Andrew Suarez hit 95 mph in the first inning, struck out four the first time through the order, and got six runs of support. He could not qualify for the win. Suarez was pulled after giving up a pair in the fifth. He left with one out and two more on base. The stuff was good, but he was charged with four earned on six hits and a walk.
—- Reyes Moronta has been outstanding. After Bryce Harper’s two-run single got the Nationals within a pair, Moronta entered and stranded a couple of runners. He has a 1.57 ERA.
—- Strasburg was pulled before his first at-bat, which was taken by Scherzer. He gave up five hits in his two innings and all of the contact was loud. Andrew McCutchen hit a solo shot in the first and Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence had doubles in the second.
—- Brandon Crawford had two more hits. He’s batting .327, which ranks him sixth in the National League. The guy might compete for the batting title this summer.
—- Juan Soto took Suarez the opposite way in the fourth for a two-run homer. Juan Soto is 19 years old. The homer was Juan Soto’s third in 17 games since his promotion. Juan Soto is 19 years old. That’s pretty freaking cool, no matter who you’re rooting for.