It’s been a long and tough weekend for the Washington Nationals as Bryce Harper went to the disabled list and they basically played three games in one day. However, the Nationals ended the series on a high note by beating the San Francisco Giants in extra innings on Sunday evening.
Howie Kendrick, who has proven to be a valuable asset to the ballclub since being acquired from Philadelphia, belted a walk-off grand slam to center field in the eleventh inning to wrap up a 6-2 victory and help the Nationals win the series.
Nationals’ pitcher Max Scherzer received the no decision as he gave up two runs and struck out 10 batters in seven innings of work. Daniel Murphy went 2-4 with a solo home run in the bottom of the third inning, which gave the Nationals their first lead of the game. First baseman Ryan Zimmerman had another solid night at the plate, going 3-5 with a home run.
Michael A. Taylor made his first start since coming off the disabled list and tallied a base hit.
Taylor also made a strong throw from center field to get Giants’ second baseman Joe Panik, and limit San Francisco to one run in a fourth inning rally.
Giants’ pitcher Matt Moore recorded nine strikeouts, while allowing two runs in seven innings. Former National outfielder Denard Span tallied two hits in the loss.
Third baseman Pablo Sandoval hit a solo home run in the seventh inning to tie the game at 2-2. It was Sandoval’s first home run with the Giants this season.
Nationals are now 70-46.
Here's how it happened
- Nationals’ outfielder Andrew Stevenson displayed his defensive ability once again by making an impressive catch in right field.
- Scherzer struck out Hunter Pence to end the top half of the first inning.
- THERE GOES THE NO-HITTER! Shortstop Wilmer Difo hit a groundball to shortstop, but beat out the throw to first for an infield single. Zimmerman singled to center, which put runners on first and second with two outs. Rendon failed to drive in Zimmerman or Difo as he flied out to center.
- Wieters hit a single in the bottom of the second inning, but he was caught trying to go to second base. Taylor singled then reached second on an error.
- Scherzer struck out two batters in the top of the third inning.
- SEE YOU LATER! Murphy smashed a two-out solo home run into the Giants’ bullpen. The Nationals are up 1-0 in the bottom of the third.
- Denard Span hit an infield single for the Giants first base hit of the game. Joe Panik doubled to the right field corner. The Giants had runners on second and third with no outs in the top of the fourth. Pence hit an RBI single to tie the game. Taylor threw out Panik, who was trying to go home.
- Scherzer struck out the side in the fifth inning. The Nationals couldn’t get anything going offensively during the bottom half of the fifth.
- Scherzer struck out Pence in the sixth inning for his eighth strikeout of the game.
- SEE YOU LATER! Zimmerman hit a solo home run to give the Nationals a 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning.
- Sandoval hit a home run to tie the game in the top of the seventh inning. Scherzer responded by striking out the next two batters.
- Brandon Kintzler came out of the bullpen to pitch the eighth inning.
- Scherzer’s line: 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 10 K, 3/3 GO/FO
- Corey Gearrin pitched for the Giants in the bottom of the eighth.
- Matt Moore’s line: 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 0 BB, 9 K, 6/2 GO/FO
- Pence flied out to right field, which allowed Panik to advance to third base with one out in the ninth inning. Doolittle walked Posey in order to face Sandoval. Doolittle forced Sandoval and Nick Hundley to pop out.
- Hunter Strickland struck out Rendon then walked Howie Kendrick. Strickland got a fly to right from Matt Wieters and a swinging K from Michael A. Taylor to send the game into extra innings.
- Giants’ pitcher Albert Suarez struck out the side, which sent the game into the eleventh inning.
- Murphy and Zimmerman singled to put runners on the corner with no outs. Rendon walked to load the bases with no outs.
- SEE YOU LATER! Kendrick hit a walk-off grand slam to beat the Giants 6-2.
Nationals are now 70-46.