A massive hot streak has the Nationals trending in the right direction with a month left in the regular season. They scored another 13 runs against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday in an all-around impressive offensive showing for the Nats.
SP Joe Ross exited Monday's game early in the fourth after being struck by a grounder on his right leg. Before the injury, he continued his incredible stretch of starts as he was through 3.1 innings with three hits and no runs. His last four starts have resulted in four wins for the Nationals and in the process, he's only yielded one run. His performance was so strong that he was making the case to be the team's fifth starter when Max Scherzer comes back later this week.
OF Juan Soto had a perfect night at the plate against the Pirates. Finishing 4-for-4 with two doubles, a walk and four runs scored he's continued his incredible sophomore campaign. In this outing, his OBP went up a whole six points to .404.
3B Asdrubal Cabrera had himself a career day with the Nationals in their 13-0 win over Pittsburgh. A two-run home run, a double and a sac fly supplied five of the Nats 13 runs. Those five RBIs were a new personal best for Cabrera, according to MASN. He's been a great add for the Nationals with an 11-for-29 plate performance in his nine games.
INF Adrian Sanchez was recalled from Double-A Harrisburg to give some infield depth with the temporary absence of Brian Dozier. In 24 MLB games this year he is 6-for-27.
2B Brian Dozier placed on the paternity list and is expected to miss part of the Nats' series in Pittsburgh. He and his wife are expecting their first child.
2B Brian Dozier: Healthy, Paternity leave, day-to-day
SP Max Scherzer: Back, 10-Day IL, maybe back August 22
RP Roenis Elias: Hamstring, 10-Day IL, maybe back in mid-August
1B Ryan Zimmerman: Foot, 10-Day IL, maybe back in late-August
SP Austin Voth: Shoulder, 10-Day IL, maybe back in late-August
RP Sean Doolittle: Knee, 10-Day-IL, out indefinitely
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
Tuesday 8/20: Nationals @ Pirates, 7:05 p.m., PNC Park
Wednesday 8/21: Nationals @ Pirates, 7:05 p.m., PNC Park
Thursday 8/22: Nationals @ Pirates, 7:05 p.m., PNC Park
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