Washington Nationals take opener in Atlanta, 11-2 over Braves: Josh Rogers rides again…

Juan Stroll Soto:

Juan Soto’s .465 OBP final season led all MLB hitters, and, because the Nationals talked about within the pregame notes for tonight’s recreation, it was highest on-base proportion, “… posted in a full season since 2008 (HOF Chipper Jones, .470),” and Washington’s 23-year-old slugger was the, “solely certified participant with extra walks than Ks on the season,” with 145 free passes vs. simply 93 strikeouts in his 645 plate appearances on the 12 months.

Soto’s stroll complete was additionally the very best, “… in a full season since Barry Bonds set the Main League report for walks in a season with 232 in 2004.”

Soto took two walks within the four-game, season-opening sequence with the New York Mets this previous weekend, placing out twice in 16 PAs, and he walked the primary time up in Atlanta too, taking his third free cross of the season, after he had 18 walks (vs. 12 Ks) in opposition to the Braves final season, ending the 12 months with a .565 OBP in 18 video games and 62 PAs vs. the eventual ‘21 World Collection champs.

Soto, and César Hernández, who singled to start out recreation, have been each stranded three outs later, nonetheless, as ATL starter Huascar Ynoa retired the following three batters he confronted for a scoreless first.

Soto walked once more in his second journey to the plate, main off the third, and he took third base on a single to proper by Nelson Cruz, who went the opposite method with a first-pitch slider outdoors to ship his teammate corner-to-corner. Josh Bell stepped in in one other RBI spot, and singled by way of the suitable aspect, tying it up at 1-1 within the third…

Rogers Returns:

When the Nationals made their ultimate roster choices, as Spring Coaching wound down, lefty Josh Rogers was optioned to Triple-A, with Nats’ skipper Davey Martinez telling reporters it was a choice made with beginning depth in thoughts.

“We wish to ensure that if one thing does occur to one among our starters, that we now have viable choices. He’s positively one among them, if not the primary one,” Martinez stated, as quoted by MLB.com’s Jessica Camerato.

And Rogers was, in reality, the primary starter known as up when Aníbal Sánchez got here off the flight from West Palm Seashore to D.C. with a stiff neck which was recognized as a, “cervical nerve impingement,” by the staff, as they introduced once they positioned Sánchez on the 10-Day IL and known as Rogers again as much as begin in opposition to the Braves.

Rogers gave up a leadoff double to proper by Ozzie Albies within the first at-bat of the underside of the primary tonight, and two outs later Albies scored from third on an RBI single to middle that obtained by way of the infield off of Marcell Ozuna’s bat, 1-0.

It was 5-1 within the Nationals’ favor (see beneath) when Rogers took the mound within the third, and the southpaw retired the aspect so as in a 9-pitch body.

One other 9-pitch, 1-2-3 body within the fourth obtained Rogers as much as 10-straight Braves’ hitters set down after 4 robust.

Rogers’ streak of retired batters ended with a leadoff stroll to Eddie Rosario within the first at-bat of the Braves’ fifth, however the lefty retired the following three batters so as in an 22-pitch backside of the inning which left him at 68 pitches complete after 5.

He got here again out for the sixth, however a one-out stroll, on his 74th pitch, ended his outing…

Josh Rogers’ Line: 5.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 Ks, 74 P, 46 S, 4/5 GO/FO.

Quick Lane:

With the sport tied at 1-1 within the third, Juan Soto walked to start out the body, took third on a success by Nelson Cruz, and scored on an RBI single by Josh Bell. A wild pitch moved each runners up a base, however Cruz was thrown out at house on a grounder again to the mound off of Yadiel Hernández’s bat for the second out of the inning, leaving it as much as Lane Thomas, who went 0 for 7 with a stroll within the opening sequence, and was 0 for 1 tonight earlier than he lined a 2-out, 2-run double to left-center discipline, 3-1 Nats.

Maikel Franco stepped in subsequent and hit a dangling slider from Huascar Ynoa out to left discipline, 5-1. Franco’s 1st HR of 2022.

Bullpen Motion:

Spenser Strider got here on for Atlanta within the fourth and gave up a one-out single by Juan Soto (91 MPH off the bat on a 101 MPH fastball) and a stroll to Nelson Cruz, placing two runners on for Josh Bell, however Bell Okay’d chasing a low slider for out No. 2, and Keibert Ruiz lined out to the monitor in middle for out No. 3 of a scoreless body.

Víctor Arano was the primary reliever out of the pen for the Nationals tonight, taking on after a one-out stroll to Matt Olson by Nats’ starter Josh Rogers within the sixth, and he retired two in a row to strand the runner he inherited and preserve it a 5-1 recreation within the customer’s favor.

Strider gave the Braves 3 13 innings in reduction, however he gave up a leadoff stroll to Josh Bell and a one-out single by Yadiel Hernández within the high of the seventh earlier than he was yanked, and his alternative, lefty Tucker Davidson, surrendered an RBI single to middle by Lane Thomas (2 for 4, 3 RBIs) that put the Nationals up by 5, 6-1.

Davidson gave up a double by César Hernández, a stroll to Nelson Cruz, and an RBI single by Josh Bell because the Nationals added to their lead within the high of the eighth, 7-1.

Keibert Ruiz singled to left to load the bases after Bell’s RBI hit, and Victor Robles took an 0-2 slider for an RBI HBP and an 8-1 lead, and 11-1 on a double to proper by Maikel Franco (4 for five, 5 RBIs).

Hunter Harvey made his Nationals debut within the backside of the eighth, with a 10-run cushion, and the hard-throwing righty retired the aspect so as, choosing up a Okay in a 16-pitch body.

Patrick Murphy struggled, giving up a run within the ninth, however obtained out of the inning to finish the sport, 11-2 ultimate.

Nationals now 2-3


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