The New York Yankees and Washington Nationals matchup, despite all the injuries for the Nats, was lopsided. After the Victor Robles two run bomb, the Nationals proceeded to score a total of 6 unanswered runs. The New York Yankees seemed to throw in the towel after King got lit up, bringing in Jonathon Holder, David Hale, Luis Avilan, and Ben Heller rather then their elite arms.
With the final game of this series tonight, lets break down this beat down.
Washington Nationals Erupt Offensively
The Nationals scored one run and recorded one hit in the first game of the series against Gerrit Cole, but there was no such futility last night; 13 hits, 9 runs, and 3 home runs made up a dominant offensive performance. Asdrubal Cabrera and Victor Robles led the way with home runs and three hits each. The Nationals knocked out Yankees’ starter James Paxton in less than two innings, then lit up Michael King for four runs. The Nationals only had three innings where they didn’t score at least one run, while holding the Yankees to only two.
Offensively this couldn’t get any better, but props have to be given to the pitching
Pitching Held Down the Fort
Despite Stephen Strasburg‘s injury in his right hand, the pitching was great last night for the Nationals. Erick Fedde only gave up one earned run in 4.1 innings of work and the bullpen was perfect. Tim Rainey, Ryne Harper, James Bourque, and Kyle Finnegan were great out of the bullpen over the remaining 3.2 innings pitched for the Nationals.
Despite the great performances the Yankees faced, they did nothing but shoot themselves in the foot.
Yankees Forgot How to Play Baseball Against the Nationals
Whether it’s Gary Sanchez forgetting what taking a pitch is with two on, Michael King not knowing how to make a pickoff, or Aaron Judge diving and whiffing on a ball, this game was filled with boneheaded moves.
First off, why is Mike Tauchman not playing over Brett Gardner? Gardner is statistically worse than Tauchman in absolutely everything, and it’s hardly close. Secondly, did you know that you can take a ball? It felt like last night this team made bad decisions, forgot how to hit, and couldn’t come through with runners on. This team was 1-10 with RISP and left nine runners on base, that wasn’t just bad, it was embarrassing.
This series has been back and forth, so it’ll be hard to try to predict who wins tonight. Patrick Corbin VS the Yankees bullpen is going to be interesting at the very least.
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