The Washington Nationals began a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday, falling short after Stephen Strasburg struggled to limit home runs. More importantly? Anthony Rendon and the Nationals met to discuss a potential extension.
Here's the latest Nationals and Giants news:
NBC Sports Washington's Todd Dybas confirmed reports Tuesday that Nationals GM Mike Rizzo and managing principal owner Mark Lerner met with third baseman Anthony Rendon to discuss a contract extension to keep the homegrown star in Washington. Rendon has been off to a torrid start in 2019, recording a hit in every game except Opening Day to start the young season. The Nationals are hoping to avoid dragging negotiations into the winter, as happened with Bryce Harper, who eventually signed with Philadelphia.
Starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg struck out eight Giants in his outing, but uncharacteristically struggled to contain opposing batters. Strasburg allowed three home runs, but only gave up three other hits and walked no one.
Matt Adams hit a pinch-hit home run late Tuesday, though the Nationals were unable to complete the comeback. His home run was Adams' fourth hit of the season.
Starting pitcher Dereck Rodriguez struggles with efficiency, but allows just one run to the Nationals. He walked three batters and struck out six, and his only charged run was on a Stephen Strasburg RBI double.
Outfielder Steven Duggar went yard off Strasburg to help give the Giants a win. Duggar also singled, giving him his third multi-hit game in his last four outings.
Top prospect Joey Bart was diagnosed with a fractured hand and will be sidelined four-to-six weeks. The catcher was the second overall pick in the 2018 draft and is considered one of the best prospects in all of baseball.
SS Trea Turner: Finger, 10-Day IL
RP Koda Glover: Elbow, 10-Day IL
RP Justin Miller: Back, 10-Day IL
Wednesday, 4/17: Giants @ Nationals, 7:05 p.m., Nats Park
Thursday, 4/18: Giants @ Nationals, 1:05 p.m., Nats Park
Friday, 4/19: Nationals @ Marlins, 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park
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