• UPDATE: 2:15 pm EDT: @NationalsPR: "A left hamstring strain forces Chien-Ming Wang from today's home game against the Yankees."
• From Post Game: Chien-Ming Wang's known as a sinker-ball pitcher, but the soon-to-turn 32-year-old right-hander broke off a two-strike back door bender that was called strike three in the first at bat of the afternoon, setting the tone for a quick first in which he overpowered the top of New York's order. The unexpected breaking ball caught New York Yankees' outfielder Brett Gardner looking for the first out of the game. One groundout to second later Wang busted NY outfielder Andruw Jones down and in with a sinker and complete to get the veteran swinging for a quick 1-2-3, 13-pitch first. With one down in the second, Wang left a 1-0 sinker up inside that Bill Hall stroked to left for a line drive single. A 1-1 fastball to DeWayne Wise was up too and the journeyman outfielder ripped it through the right side of the infield. Wang jammed Jayson Nix and popped him up for out no.2, but a fastball to Jorge Vazquez got away from Wang and hit the Yankees' first baseman in the ribs. Bases loaded with two down. Nats' catcher Jhonotan Solano calls for a 1-2 fastball way outside, and then a 2-2 change up and away for the swinging K. 2.0 scoreless.
Wang just missed upstairs with a 1-2 fastball upstairs to Brett Gardner in the third, and he came back with a 2-2 silder in the dirt that was good enough to get the Yankees' leadoff man to bite. Another swinging K. The next at bat didn't end so well. Yankees' catcher Russell Martin sent a weak grounder toward first that Wang fielded cleanly, but the pitcher stumbled as he made his way toward first and rolled his ankle as he awkwardly tried to regain his balance. Wang fell toward first somehow touching the bag and avoiding the runner as the pitcher tumbled into foul territory. Wang was then escorted off the field, under his own power, but noticeably hobbled.
Will update as soon as there's a report on Wang's condition.
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