Check out the latest news and notes on the Washington Nationals:
SP Stephen Strasburg fired six scoreless innings to help the Nationals to a 4-0 victory over the Phillies on Friday. Strasburg scattered seven hits, and he walked one with six strikeouts. This makes back-to-back outings where the former first-overall pick didn't allow a run. The six punchouts give him 144 against just 30 walks, and he improves his ERA to 3.46 in 122 1/3 innings, and he improves his record to 11-4 in his 18 starts.
RHP Sean Doolittle fired a scoreless ninth inning in a non-save situation on Friday against the Phillies. Doolittle was warming up to pitch in a save situation, but a Juan Soto sacrifice fly prevented him from being able to procure a save. He did strike out two, however, and the scoreless inning lowers his ERA to 3.05 with a 46/11 K/BB ratio over 38 1/3 innings.
In Friday's win over the Phillies, OF Victor Robles went 1-for-4 with a two-run single. Robles gave the Nationals an early 2-0 lead with a two-run single in the second inning off of Nick Pivetta. The rookie has now driven in 39 runs in 86 games, and he's slashing .246/.319/.440 with 13 homers and 12 steals in 18 chances. Expect that average to improve as the season progresses.
Nationals recalled RHP Kyle McGowin from Double-A Harrisburg. McGowin has allowed 12 runs -- 11 earned -- over 10 innings of work this season at the major league level. The 27-year-old right-hander will presumably work in a low-leverage relief role in his return to Washington.
SP Max Scherzer didn't make his scheduled start Sunday versus the Phillies due to a mid-back injury. An MRI showed no structural damage and Scherzer was able to play catch from a distance of 75 feet on Friday without issue, but the Nationals will play things safe and bump him back a bit to open the second half.
RHP Brad Boxberger has been assigned to Double-A Harrisburg. Boxberger agreed to a minor league contract with the Nationals earlier this week, a few days after getting released by the Royals.
SP Max Scherzer: Paternity/Nose, day-to-day
RP Kyle Barraclough: Biceps, out indefinitely
SP Jeremy Hellickson: Shoulder, out indefinitely
RP Justin Miller: Shoulder, mid-July
RP Koda Glover: Elbow, out indefinitely
RP Austen Williams: Shoulder, out indefinitely
Saturday 7/13: Nationals at Phillies, 7:15 p.m., Citizens Bank Park
Sunday 7/14: Nationals at Phillies, 1:05 p.m., Citizens Bank Park
Tuesday 7/16: Nationals at Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park
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