The Washington Nationals are far from finished. Not after
briefly slipping below .500 this week.
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, certainly not after spotting the Miami Marlins the
first nine runs on Thursday night.
Trea Turner hit two homers, including his first career grand slam, and drove
in eight runs to help Washington rally past Miami 14-12 in a wild slugfest to
end a five-game losing streak.
”Not to get ahead of ourselves, put together wins, try to win a series,”
first baseman Matt Adams said. ”I think that’s what we’re going to focus on from
here on out, win two out of three, win three out of four. If that’s the case,
then the wins will start stacking on top of each other and we’ll just get
rolling the way we’re capable of.”
The Nationals, who dropped 17 of their previous 22, have won 12 consecutive
games against Miami dating to last season – their longest winning streak against
any team since the franchise moved to Washington in 2005.
It was also the largest comeback victory since the team left Montreal. The
Nationals rallied from eight runs down to defeat Atlanta 13-12 on April 28,
The victory came a day after the Nationals called a players-only meeting
Wednesday after Washington was swept by Boston and slipped under .500 for the
first time since May 2.
But things didn’t start smoothly.
Miami scored an unearned run in the first, and capped a six-run second on
Martin Prado’s three-run homer off the left-field foul pole. The Marlins made it
9-0 on Justin Bour’s two-run homer in the fourth off Jeremy Hellickson.
Despite the huge deficit, Washington was far from out of it.
Turner led off the fourth with a solo shot off Marlins starter Pablo Lopez,
who surrendered four more runs in the fifth – including two on Juan Soto’s
double. Adam Conley (2-1) then allowed four of the first five hitters he faced
to reach in the sixth before Turner smacked a two-out fastball with the bases
loaded into Miami’s bullpen to give the Nationals a stunning 10-9 lead. It was
Turner’s third career multi-homer game.
”Command was an issue today, so I wasn’t able to get the ball where I
wanted,” Conley said. ”My hat’s off to him. I thought the ball was coming out
pretty good today, so for him to get ahold of it, that’s the way the game goes.
If the game were easy, everybody would play it.”
Turner added a two-run single in Washington’s four-run seventh. His eight
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”When we were down 7-0, I feel like we still for sure had a shot – 9-0, it
hurts a little bit more, but we did it,” Turner said. ”I think once we got the
first run on the board, it kind of just got the momentum back on our side and we
continued to push. I think that’s what we’re capable of.”
Shawn Kelley (1-0) pitched a scoreless sixth for the win. Sean Doolittle
earned his 22nd save in 23 opportunities.
Adams had four hits for Washington in his first game since a stint on the
disabled list for a broken left index finger.
”Good win, but we still got stuff to do,” manager Dave Martinez said.
Marlins: Prado was activated from the disabled list after missing 37 games
with a left hamstring strain. … Miami recalled RHP Ben Meyer from Triple-A New
Orleans, placed RHP Tayron Guerrero (left lumbar strain) on the 10-day disabled
list retroactive to Wednesday and designated OF JB Shuck for assignment. … SS JT
Riddle (hip) was scratched from the lineup. … RHP Sandy Alcantara (right
axillary infection) is expected to be re-evaluated and begin a throwing
progression Monday. … OF Lewis Brinson (right hip) will be re-evaluated
Nationals: Martinez said the team is optimistic RHP Stephen Strasburg
(shoulder inflammation) will be ready to return right after the All-Star break.
… 1B Ryan Zimmerman (right oblique strain) will start running the bases Friday
or Saturday and could begin a rehabilitation assignment as early as Sunday. …
Washington recalled RHP Jefry Rodriguez from Triple-A Syracuse and placed RHP
Erick Fedde on the 10-day disabled list. Fedde, who is 1-3 with a 5.79 ERA, left
his start Wednesday in the second inning with right shoulder inflammation.
WALK IN THE PARK
Five Nationals who walked eventually scored. Another Washington runner scored
after reaching base on a forceout of a player who walked.
”We walked eight guys,” Miami manager Don Mattingly said. ”You can’t walk
eight guys with that club over there. We let them back in the game.”
Marlins: RHP Dan Straily (3-4, 4.70 ERA) has held NL East batters to a .202
average in five starts this season, though none of those outings have come
Nationals: LHP Gio Gonzalez (6-5, 3.77) is winless in his last six starts,
but is 10-3 with a 1.85 ERA lifetime against Miami.
Yadier Molina’s defense and longevity might earn him a ticket to the Hall of
Fame. Suddenly the veteran St. Louis Cardinals catcher is on a home-run
He homered twice to back a strong start by Miles Mikolas and lift the St.
Louis Cardinals to a 3-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday.
Molina’s two-run homer in the sixth inning off reliever Jeremy Jeffress gave
St. Louis the lead and the Cardinals held on behind the solid pitching of
Mikolas and four relievers.
Molina has five home runs in his last six games, including another two-homer
game in Philadelphia on Wednesday.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said the 35-year-old Molina has developed more
power as he has grown older.
”He was such a young player when he came up,” Matheny said of Molina, who
earlier this week set a major league record for most games caught with one team
”You figured there was going to be room for improvement but the route he has
taken is unique because you can’t always count on that kind of willpower. He’s
as driven a player as I’ve ever seen.”
Marcell Ozuna led off the sixth with a line-drive single to center and scored
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wall and into the St. Louis bullpen for a 3-2 Cardinals lead.
”He did some damage today,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. ”He was
The Brewers (45-31) remained two games ahead of the second-place Chicago Cubs
in the NL Central after Chicago lost in Cincinnati on Saturday.
Mikolas (8-2), who pitched in Japan last season, allowed three hits and two
runs in 6 2/3 innings while walking two and striking out five. Bud Norris earned
his 14th save with a scoreless ninth. Jeffress (5-1) took the loss.
”We didn’t have any idea what we were getting when we got him and he’s been
everything as advertised from the Japanese league, plus,” Matheny said of
Mikolas. ”You just don’t know how that’s going to translate.”
Mikolas retired 16 of the last 17 hitters he faced.
The Brewers took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a bases-loaded sacrifice
fly by Jesus Aguilar and an RBI single by newcomer Brad Miller.
St. Louis closed the gap when Molina led off the second inning with a solo
home run to right-center.
Brewers starter Chase Anderson did not yield another run in five innings,
giving up two hits and striking out nine while walking four.
The Brewers had a big chance in the eighth when they loaded the bases with
two outs on two hit batters and an infield single. Aguilar grounded out to
shortstop against Cardinals reliever Sam Tuivailala to end the threat.
The Brewers recalled infielder Brad Miller from Triple-A Colorado Springs and
optioned struggling outfielder Domingo Santana.
Miller, acquired from Tampa Bay on June 10 in exchange for first
baseman-outfielder Ji-Man Choi, was in the Brewers starting lineup at second
base and had a bloop RBI single in his first at-bat.
Santana hit .278 last season for Milwaukee with 30 homers and 85 RBIs, but
never got on track this season. He hit .249, with three homers and 17 RBIs in
Miller, who played 95 games at shortstop for Tampa Bay in 2016, likely will
play a utility role with Milwaukee.
”I was pretty excited to get the call and come to a team in first place,”
Miller said. ”I have the versatility to play everywhere but I’m definitely more
comfortable in the middle of the diamond.”
Brewers: Ryan Braun entered in the fifth inning to play left field, when
outfielder Lorenzo Cain exited due to groin tightness. Cain also was hit by a
pitch in the right elbow on Friday and hit by a pitch in the back in the first
inning Saturday. Counsell said Cain would not play Sunday in the series finale.
”He’s just a little beat up,” Counsell said. Braun appeared for the first time
since receiving a cryogenic injection in his right thumb on Wednesday and went
1-for-2. . RHP Zach Davies (10-day DL, right rotator cuff inflammation) is
scheduled to make a second rehab start for Colorado Springs on Sunday.
Cardinals: RHP Luke Weaver (3-6, 4.69 ERA) will be making his 16th start of
the season and seventh career start against the Brewers. He is 2-2 against
Brewers: RHP Jhoulys Chacin (6-2, 3.18 ERA) had a six-game winning streak
snapped in a 1-0 loss at Pittsburgh on Monday. Chacin is 0-6 with a 5.88 ERA in
eight career games (seven starts) against the Cardinals.