Austin Voth tossed five scoreless in his second major league start and Trea Turner (2-run HR) and Matt Wieters (3-run blast) powered the Washington Nationals to a 6-0 win in the third game of four with the New York Mets in the nation’s capital.
Voth earned his first W in the majors. Congrats, Austin. Oh, and Anthony Rendon extended his on-base streak to 30-straight games. And, uh, the Nationals were also eliminated from the Wild Card race with a win by the St. Louis Cardinals.
Voth vs the Mets: Austin Voth made his MLB debut in a start against the New York Mets in Citi Field earlier this summer, giving up nine hits, three walks, and seven earned runs over just 4 1⁄3 IP, and he made a relief appearance earlier this month, with a scoreless inning on the mound against the Atlanta Braves.
Voth, 26, spent most of his time at Triple-A this season, however, posting a 4.87 ERA, 40 walks, and 117 Ks in 24 starts and 125 2⁄3 IP.
Given an opportunity to start again this afternoon, Voth worked around back-to-back, two-out walks in the first, then retired seven-straight as the Nationals jumped out to a 2-0 lead.
Voth ended up going five strong on 73 pitches, holding the Mets off the board before Nats’ skipper Davey Martinez hit for him in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Austin Voth’s Line: 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 Ks, 73 P, 49 S, 4/1 GO/FO.
Oswalt vs the Nationals: Corey Oswalt’s first start of the season against the Nationals went reasonably well, with the right-hander throwing five solid innings in which he gave up just two hits and one run in a 6-1 loss in which he received no decision, but the second time out against the Mets’ divisional rivals, the 25-year-old got roughed up in just an inning of work in relief in which he gave up six hits and six earned runs.
Oswalt’s third appearance of the season against the Nationals began with two scoreless, but Victor Robles led off the third with a double to left that jumped the outfield fence on a hop and Trea Turner followed with a two-run blast to left field on a 1-2 sinker inside, 2-0. No. 18 for Turner.
Oswalt held the Nationals there through five, giving up four hits, two walks, and two earned runs before the Mets went to the bullpen in the bottom of the sixth.
Corey Oswalt’s Line: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 Ks, 1 HR, 74 P, 47 S, 2/4 GO/FO.
The only ump show we like pic.twitter.com/1dDeTK4wtf— Nationals on MASN (@masnNationals) September 22, 2018
Rend-on-base-streak Update: Anthony Rendon started the day with a career-best 29-game on-base streak going, over which the Nationals’ 28-year-old third baseman had put up a gaudy .345/.430/.595 line with 11 doubles, six home runs, 17 walks, and 15 strikeouts in 135 plate appearances. He was 0 for 2 through five, but a one-out double (his 41st) in the sixth extended the streak to 30-in-a-row.
BULLPEN ACTION: Matt Grace worked around a two-out walk in a 14-pitch sixth.
Jerry Blevins gave up a one-out double by Anthony Rendon, then walked Ryan Zimmerman intentionally after falling behind 2-0 with two down, and a 1-2 fastball to Matt Wieters in the next at bat ended up in the visitor’s bullpen for a three-run blast that made it 5-0 Nationals.
1. Tony— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) September 22, 2018
2. Zim IBB
3. Wieters 3-run shot pic.twitter.com/oTNKVTFYGf
Justin Miller struck out two batters and retired the Mets in order in a 15-pitch, 11-strike top of the seventh.
Mets’ righty Tyler Bashlor gave up a two-out walk to Trea Turner, who stole second base (No. 41), and scored on an RBI double to right field by Bryce Harper, 6-0. Harper’s 29th double of 2018.
Jimmy Cordero worked around a walk in a scoreless, 16-pitch eighth and after the Nationals came up empty against right-hander Tim Peterson, Austen Williams tossed a scoreless ninth to end it.
Final Score: 6-0 Nationals
Nationals now 78-77