The Nationals snapped a three-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the Cardinals Thursday night before heading off on a crucial 10-game road trip, which starts Friday in Philadelphia against the rival Phillies.
Here's the latest Nationals, Cardinals and Phillies news:
Stephen Strasburg pitched 6 2/3 dominant innings Thursday night, allowing just one run on six hits and striking out nine. Strasburg also made some history in the win, becoming the fastest pitcher in MLB history to reach 1,500 career strikeouts.
Howie Kendrick singled twice and scored on a throwing error in the fourth inning, continuing his solid start to the season.
Sean Doolittle notched his fourth save of the season, getting four outs to finish off a gutsy win for the Nats. He's now struck out 19 batters over 14 1/3 innings, and has an ERA of 1.23.
After the game, general manager Mike Rizzo announced the team had let go of pitching coach Derek Lilliquist, replacing him with Paul Menhart. Rizzo cited "preparation issues" as a reason for the change.
Juan Soto missed his second straight game Thursday due to back spasms. Soto was originally in Thursday's lineup, but was scratched before first pitch. Soto also underwent an MRI, which came back clean.
Trea Turner could start swinging a bat before the end of this week as he continues his rehab from a fractured finger. Manager Davey Martinez told reporters Turner's recovery is ahead of schedule.
RHP Dakota Hudson surrendered two runs on four hits in six innings of work Thursday, but went down as the losing pitcher as the Cardinals offense mustered just one run.
SS Yairo Munoz went 3-for-4 and scored St. Louis' only run of the game, but also committed a costly error which led to a Washington run in the fourth inning. 3B Jedd Gyorko chipped in with two hits and a stolen base in the losing effort.
St. Louis left a quarter of regulars out of the starting lineup Thursday: 1B Paul Goldschmidt, SS Paul DeJong, C Yadier Molina and OF Jose Martinez. They all eventually entered the game, however: Goldschmidt, DeJong and Martinez as pinch-hitters, while Molina replaced Matt Wieters at catcher in the eighth inning.
Philadelphia had Thursday off as they prepare to host the Nats for a three-game set this weekend.
OF Juan Soto: Back, Day-to-day
3B Anthony Rendon: Elbow, 10-Day IL
1B Ryan Zimmerman: Plantar Fasciitis, 10-Day IL
RP Austen Williams: Shoulder, 10-day IL
RP Trevor Rosenthal: Flu, 10-day IL
SS Trea Turner: Finger, 10-day IL
RP Koda Glover: Elbow, 10-day IL
Friday, 5/3: Nationals @ Phillies, 7:05 p.m. ET, Citizens Bank Park
Saturday, 5/4: Nationals @ Phillies, 7:05 p.m. ET, Citizens Bank Park
Sunday, 5/5: Nationals @ Phillies, 2:05 p.m. ET, Citizens Bank Park
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