Check out the latest Nationals news and notes after their 16-8 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
OF Adam Eaton went 2-for-3 with a homer, three RBI and three runs scored in the Nationals’ one-sided victory over the Brewers on Sunday. Eaton scorched a two-run triple off Brewers’ starter Chase Anderson in the second inning and also crushed a solo homer -- his 10th long ball of the season -- to center field off reliever Aaron Wilkerson in the fifth inning. He collected six hits in the three-game series, with five of them going for extra-bases. The 30-year-old outfielder has left the yard three times in his last four games. He owns a .289/.373/.430 triple-slash line with 82 runs scored, 10 homers, 38 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 525 plate appearances.
OF Brian Dozier launched a pair of home runs and drove in four runs in the Nationals’ blowout win over the Brewers on Sunday. Dozier socked a three-run homer off Brewers’ starter Chase Anderson to put the Nationals ahead 9-0 in the third inning. He also took Brewers’ infielder-turned-pitcher Hernan Perez deep in the eighth inning to record his first multi-homer effort of the 2019 campaign.
OF Juan Soto clobbered a pair of solo homers to lead the Nationals to a 16-8 blowout victory over the Brewers on Sunday. The Nationals took full advantage of the scorching-hot 95-degree conditions in this one, walloping a staggering eight home runs and racking up 16 runs on 19 hits in the one-sided affair. Soto led the way, going deep twice off Brewers’ reliever Aaron Wilkerson in the third and fifth innings, respectively, to record his second multi-homer effort of the season. The 20-year-old superstar has been on a power surge in the second-half, launching 13 round-trippers in 33 games since the All-Star break. He owns a .286/.398/.553 triple-slash line with 75 runs scored, 28 home runs, 83 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 495 plate appearances.
OF Victor Robles went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and a pair of runs scored in the Nationals’ rout of the Brewers on Sunday, extending his hitting streak to seven games in the process. Robles clobbered a solo homer -- his 16th round-tripper of the season -- to center field off Brewers’ starter Chase Anderson in the opening frame. He also doubled and came around to score on a three-run dinger by Brian Dozier in the third inning. The 22-year-old outfielder has quietly put together an impressive rookie campaign thanks to his blend of power and speed. He owns a .252/.323/.440 triple-slash line with 68 runs scored, 16 home runs, 53 RBI and 19 stolen bases in 464 plate appearances.
SP Erick Fedde allowed four runs over five innings in a win over the Brewers on Sunday. Fedde was staked to a 13-run lead thanks to the Nationals’ offensive explosion over the first three innings and had no problem cruising through five frames to record his fourth win of the season. A solo homer by Ben Gamel in the fourth inning and a three-run shot by Mike Moustakas in the fifth inning accounted for all of the damage against him in this one. He struck out two batters and also issued a pair of walks. The 26-year-old righty owns a 4.31 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 38/29 K/BB ratio across 71 innings at the major-league level this season.
LHP Sean Doolittle was placed on the 10-day injured list with right knee tendinitis. Whether Doolittle's knee is actually hurt is up for debate, but it's clear that the Nats were looking to give him a break somehow due to his recent struggles. The reliever figures to be ready to go when rosters expand and hopefully his arm will be refreshed by then. Manager Davey Martinez plans to mix and match in the closer role while Doolittle is out, with Daniel Hudson, Hunter Strickland and Fernando Rodney all in the mix.
RHP Kyle McGowin was recalled from Double-A Harrisburg.
Max Scherzer (back) is expected to rejoin the Nationals' rotation on Thursday versus the Pirates. Scherzer threw 64 pitches in a simulated game on Saturday and seems to have put his nagging back issue behind him for the time being. Scherzer has made just one start since the All-Star break.
SP Max Scherzer: Back, 10-Day IL, maybe back August 22
1B Ryan Zimmerman: Foot, 10-Day IL, maybe back in mid-August
RP Roenis Elias: Hamstring, 10-Day IL, maybe back in mid-August
SP Austin Voth: Shoulder, 10-Day IL, maybe back in late-August
RP Jonny Venters: Shoulder, 60-Day IL, out indefinitely
SP Jeremy Hellickson: Shoulder, 60-Day IL, out indefinitely
RP Koda Glover: Elbow, 60-Day IL, out indefinitely
RP Austen Williams: Shoulder, 10-Day IL, out indefinitely
Monday 8/19: Nationals @ Pirates, 7:05 p.m., PNC Park
Tuesday 8/20: Nationals @ Pirates, 7:05 p.m., PNC Park
Wednesday 8/21: Nationals @ Pirates, 7:05 p.m., PNC Park
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