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The Nationals dropped the first two games of the series against the Baltimore Orioles, and are losing 5-2 in game 3 of the series that was postponed due to rain. The Nationals will resume that game Friday August 14, before their scheduled series against the Orioles.
The Nationals lost game 1 to the Orioles 11-0. The Nationals pitching was just off this game. Anibal Sánchez gave up 10 hits and 5 runs in 5.1 innings pitched. Ryan Harper gave up 4 hits and 3 runs in 0.2 inning pitched. Wander Suero gave up 4 hits and 3 runs in 1 inning pitched.
The Nationals lost game 2 to the Orioles 5-3. The Nationals had a 3-0 lead off of a Juan Soto home run and a Kurt Suzuki sacrifice fly in the 2nd, giving them a 2-0 lead. Eric Thames would push the lead to 3-0 off a RBI double. The bullpen would blow this lead and give up 5 runs. Daniel Hudson gave up 3 hits and 2 runs in 0.2 inning pitched, and Sean Doolittle gave up 2 hits and 2 runs in 0.1 inning pitched. Sean Doolittle hasn’t looked right this year. He does not look like the same person he once was. I hope Doolittle can figure this out and return to his old self.
Strasburg made his first start of 2020 on Sunday. He pitched 4 scoreless innings but gave up 5 runs in the fifth inning. Starlin Castro cut the lead to 5-3 with a 2- run home run in the bottom of the fifth. The game would be postponed in the top of the 6th. The game will be resumed August 14. When the rain delay started, the tarp got tangled, and the Nationals grounds crew had a bit of trouble trying to untangle it and put it on the field. That sequence was a perfect representation of 2020.
The Nationals play the New York Mets tomorrow at 7:10 P.M.