Is it a rivalry? That's a discussion for another time. Was it a blowout? You bet.
The first matchup of the two-game series went to the Nationals with a final score of 8-1 Tuesday night.
Austin Voth recorded his first-ever Major League win even with a shaky first inning. The right-handed pitcher spoke to reporters postgame, saying the ball was slipping more than usual.
With the fifth spot in the starting pitching rotation up for grabs, Voth believes "this is another opportunity."
"I know the last two outings that I've had haven't gone my way," the pitcher continued. "But I felt like I was fighting back in the start to put my name back in fifth starter contention."
He did just that tonight.
"He's pitched well. I like what I'm seeing," said Davey Martinez. "If he struggles for an inning or a few pitches, he has that poise and gets back into that rhythm and I kind of like that."
It wasn't just the bullpen launching the Nats to victory. Three separate players (Soto, Rendon and Adams) combined for two RBI each.
The Nationals were playing both long and short ball Tuesday night, with three of their eight runs coming from solo homers.
Matt Adams launched a ball to Eutaw Street to start off the Nationals scoring. Plaques line Eutaw Street to mark the balls that land there, and Adams' ball becomes the 102nd in the ballpark's history.
Juan Soto batted a foul ball off of his shin in the top of the sixth. He responded two pitches later with a solo home run.
Post-game, Soto admitted it hurt but, "I just get mad. When I hit it I was like 'you [pitcher] hit me.' It wasn't me it was the pitcher. I just get mad and I try to hit the ball as hard as I can."
There is a lot of history between these two teams. The Nationals may have taken the 2018 series from the Orioles 5-1, but the all-time record still goes to the O's, 45-40.
The history between these two teams is not just on the field. Managers Davey Martinez and Brandon Hyde spent three years coaching together with the Cubs.
This is the first of four matchups this season between the two teams. The second and final game of the series takes place Wednesday night at Camden Yards.
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