The Washington Nationals lost to the Chicago Cubs, 6-5, Sunday to drop their record to 19-27.
Consider these news and notes as Washington hits the road for New York:
Anthony Rendon gave Washington's offense a much-needed lift in the 6th launching a 3-run homer off Kyle Hendricks. After an initial rusty patch when returning from the injured list, he is back to his normal self and one of the most dangerous hitters in the National League.
Things continue to unravel for starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson. The veteran lasted just three innings Sunday night, allowing four hits, three runs and three walks. Just 30 of his 64 pitches were thrown for strikes.
Howie Kendrick isn't showing any signs of slowing down. The 35-year-old blasted a laser home run to left to pull the Nats to within one run in the 7th. So far this season, Kendrick is hitting a long-ball every 15 at-bats.
Kyle Hendricks had it going up until the sixth inning when one Anthony Rendon swing made it a two-run ballgame. Hendricks pitched 5.2 innings allowing four runs on six hits. 52 of his 83 pitches were thrown for strikes.
Anthony Rizzo blasted a 385-foot home run in the third, good for his 11th of 2019.
Chicago's relief pitching took care of business after Hendricks' night was done. The combination of Brandon Kintzler, Xavier Cedeno, and Steve Cishek held the Nats to just three hits down the stretch.
RP Justin Miller: shoulder, expected to be out until at least May 31
SP Anibal Sanchez: hamstring, expected to be out until at least May 27
OF Andrew Stevenson: back, expected to be out until at least May 24
RP Tony Sipp: oblique, expected to be out until at least May 20
1B Matt Adams: shoulder, expected to be out until at least May 22
1B Ryan Zimmerman: foot, expected to be out until at least May 23
RP Koda Glover: elbow, expected to be out until at least May 25
RP Trevor Rosenthal: viral infection, Expected to be out until at least May 21
RP Austen Williams: shoulder, expected to be out until at least Jun 13
Monday, 5/20: Nationals @ Mets, 7:10 p.m. ET, Citi Field
Tuesday, 5/21: Nationals @ Mets, 7:10 p.m. ET, Citi Field
Wednesday, 5/22: Nationals @ Mets, 7:10 p.m. ET, Citi Field
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