Washington Nationals drop 6-4 decision to Pittsburgh Pirates, play for split in finale…


BREAKING NEWS – César Hernández Doesn’t Lead Off With A Hit:

César Hernández led off with successful in 5 straight video games going into tonight’s matchup with the Pittsburgh Pirates in PNC Park, reaching base safely to start out every of the video games on the Nationals’ present highway journey.

In that stretch, the 31-year-old infielder was 8 for 22 (.364 AVG) with two walks and 6 runs scored, and he’d scored at the very least one run in six straight video games.

Hernández acquired all of a 1-1 slider from Bucs’ starter Bryse Wilson tonight, however he lined out to proper subject for the primary leadoff out this week.

Francophone:

Maikel Franco singled to start out the highest of the second, moved up on a wild pitch one out later, and scored on a double to left subject by Alcides Escobar, because the Nationals went up, 1-0, on the Pirates in PNC after 1 12 innings.

Franco was hitless within the first two video games within the Pirates’ dwelling, however over the earlier six he’d gone 9 for 23 (.391/.375/.609) with two doubles and a house run in 24 plate appearances as he acquired snug within the Nationals’ lineup after he began 0 for 10 within the first three video games.

Jolly Rogers:

Josh Rogers completed the season within the Nationals’ rotation in 2021, and got here to camp with the membership trying to earn his spot within the beginning combine in D.C., however he didn’t make it onto the Opening Day roster.

Rogers was optioned to Triple-A Rochester earlier than the season opener, however an damage to veteran starter Aníbal Sánchez created a possibility for the 27-year-old left-hander.

Rogers didn’t sulk, in fact.

“That’s not who he’s,” supervisor Davey Martinez mentioned. “And I talked to him. After all you’re going to be down since you needed to make the workforce, however I mentioned, ‘Hey, like I mentioned, you’re going to be up right here, be affected person, we’re going to wish you, and also you’ll be the primary one we name if we want a starter.’”

In his first outing of the 2022 marketing campaign, the southpaw gave up two hits, two walks, and one earned run in 5 13 IP.

Rogers tossed a scoreless first tonight, and got here again out for the second with a 1-0 lead, however gave it proper again, strolling Jake Marisnick with one out within the home-half of the inning, then surrendering a double by Andrew Knapp, who tied issues up with a floor ball that acquired by the left facet, 1-1. Knapp took third on a throw dwelling on the play, and scored a batter later when Cole Tucker singled to middle, 2-1 Pirates.

It was a 2-2 sport when Rogers returned to the mound within the fifth inning and gave up back-to-back, one-out singles by Ke’Bryan Hayes and Bryan Reynolds, which ended his outing at 76 pitches in 4 13 IP…

Josh Rogers’ Line: 4.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 Ks, 76 P, 50 S, 5/5 GO/FO.

Soto Goes Yard:

Juan Soto hit dwelling run No. 3 of his 2022 marketing campaign within the high of the fifth inning, taking the 2-2 changeup Bryse Wilson threw him for a journey, sending a liner over the suitable subject wall in PNC, for a game-tying solo shot, 2-2 within the fifth.

Bryse Wilson’s Line: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 Ks, 1 HR, 77 P, 41 S, 5/3 GO/FO.

Bullpen Motion:

Steve Cishek got here on for the Nationals within the backside of the fifth, with two on and one out, towards Michael Chavis, and the primary baseman lined an RBI single to proper subject, that put the Pirates again up a half-inning after the Nats rallied to tie it, 3-2.

Left-hander Dillon Peters changed Bryse Wilson within the high of the fifth inning, and returned to the mound within the high of the sixth inning and he labored round a leadoff stroll to Maikel Franco for a scoreless body.

Cishek, in his second inning of labor within the sixth, retired the Pirates in an effort to maintain it a one-run sport.

Victor Arano wanted 13 pitches to retire the Bucs so as within the backside of the seventh.

Alcides Escobar singled off Pirates’ righty David Bednar with two outs within the Nats’ eighth, however was stranded when pinch hitter Yadiel Hernández grounded out to finish the inning.

Kyle Finnegan gave up a leadoff triple on a line drive to proper that hit off Yadiel Hernández’s glove and acquired away from him, and a stroll to Yoshi Tsutsugo and RBI hit by Diego Castillo put the house workforce up by two, 4-2.

Andrew Knapp hit right into a power with the bases loaded towards Finnegan later within the inning, however a throwing error on the play allowed two runs to attain, 6-2 Pirates.

César Hernández and Juan Soto hit back-to-back singles within the first two at-bats of the highest of the ninth, with righty Chris Stratton on the mound, and Josh Bell hit a one-out RBI bloop out to left subject to get Hernández in, 6-3. Soto scored on a Keibert Ruiz grounder to brief, 6-4.

Nationals now 4-6

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