Updated: Aug 4
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The Nationals recover and split the series against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Nationals struggled in the first two games of the season. Losing game 4-1 in game 1 and losing game 5-1 in game 2. They allowed 6 home runs and scored 2 runs in those games. They also left 26 runners on base.
For games 3 and 4 of the series, the Nationals were the road team, but still played at Nationals Park. The reason for this, is that this was supposed to be an away series for the Nationals. But the Blue Jays are not allowed to play in Toronto this season. Staring August 11, they will play their home games in Buffalo, at their triple-A affiliates stadium.
Scherzer pitched 7.1 innings, with 3 hits, 10 K’s, and 0 earned runs. The Nationals left 17 runners on base and scored 0 runs during the first 9 innings. With Max’s stellar pitching, the game would go into extra innings, tied at 0. This means, that the new extra innings rule was applied. Each half inning will start with a runner on second. The Nationals capitalized on this new rule and scored 4 runs in the 10th. Off of a key Adam Eaton infield single to take the lead 1-0, and a triple by Astrúbal Cabrera, to push the lead to 4-0. The Nationals would win this game 4-0 in 10 innings.
Sarlin Castro, and Carter Kieboom, both had amazing days today. Castro went 4/5 with 2 runs, and Kieboom went 2/2 with 2 runs and 2 walks. The Blue Jays would strike first with a RBI single in the bottom of the first, by Lourdes Gurriel. But the Nationals would respond with a Kurt Suzuki two-run double in the top of the 3rd, and a Michael A. Taylor two-run home run in the top of the 3rd, extending the lead to 4-1. The Blue Jays would go to score 4 runs in the game, off a pair of solo home runs by Teoscar Hernandez, and a solo home run by Cavan Biggio. The Nationals would go on to score two more runs in the game off of an RBI double by Astrúbal Cabrera, and a Sacrifice Fly by Trea Turner. The Nationals won this game by a score of 6-4.
The Nationals play the Mets on Tuesday at 7:05 P.M.