The Nationals were limited to three hits and stranded 11 baserunners Friday night as the Braves came to D.C. and shut out the home team 5-0. Check out the latest news and notes from the Nats’ clubhouse following their series-opening defeat.
SP Max Scherzer pitched against the Braves for his second-straight start, falling short of a quality start by allowing three runs over an inefficient five innings. He allowed seven hits and two walks while striking out six, finishing with 99 pitches before being lifted for a pinch hitter. Scherzer fell to 10-6 with a 2.65 ERA on the season.
RP Hunter Strickland continued his rough stretch of appearances, allowing three of the four baserunners he faced to reach in the top of the eighth. Over his last seven games, Strickland has allowed seven earned runs in 5.2 innings (11.12 ERA). This comes on the heels of his first 10 appearances with Washington, during which he allowed just one run (0.90 ERA).
3B Anthony Rendon snapped his 27-game on-base streak, going 0-4 with a strikeout. Over the course of the streak, Rendon hit .400 with a 1.227 OPS and eight home runs. With Christian Yelich out for the season after suffering a knee injury, Rendon’s late surge has vaulted him into the fringes of the NL MVP conversation.
C Kurt Suzuki: Elbow, day-to-day
C Spencer Kieboom: Elbow, out indefinitely
SP Joe Ross: Forearm, day-to-day
RP Roenis Elías: Hamstring, status uncertain
RP Jonny Venters: Shoulder, 2020
RP Koda Glover: Elbow, out indefinitely
RP Austen Williams: Shoulder, out indefinitely
Saturday, 9/14: Nationals vs Braves, Nationals Park, 4:05 p.m.
Sunday, 9/15: Nationals vs Braves, Nationals Park, 1:38 p.m.
Monday, 9/16: Nationals at Cardinals, Busch Stadium, 7:45 p.m.
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