Max Scherzer’s command wasn’t there. Anthony Rendon took a fastball off the elbow. Victor Robles ran head/shoulder first into the outfield wall. It wasn’t the best night for Washington in Miami. Now the Nationals have to find a way to win in the finale with the Marlins or they’ll get swept by a team that had four wins in 19 games coming into the three-game series...
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Max Scherzer on loss: 'I didn't bring my 'A' game' - (MLB.com)
“'This is big league baseball,' Scherzer said. 'If you don’t bring your ‘A’ game, you get beat. And tonight, I didn't bring my ‘A’ game, I got beat.'"
Anthony Rendon exits early, Max Scherzer hit hard and Nats lose again to Marlins - (WaPost)
"The loss was the Nationals’ second straight to a team that entered this series with just four wins . Washington (9-10) will look to avoid a sweep, instead of playing for one, at 1:10 p.m. Sunday."
Rendon was also distraught about the end of his hitting streak: “17 games? that’s not a lot. Who cares? What’s the record, like 62 or something like that?"— Jamal Collier (@JamalCollier) April 21, 2019
Rendon's x-rays negative, Scherzer laments location - (MASN)
"The Nationals lost 9-3 to the Marlins on Saturday night, but the biggest concern after the game was the status of third baseman Anthony Rendon."
Glover pays visit to Nats; Ross could pitch again tonight - (MASN)
"Manager Davey Martinez said the Nationals want Glover to return when he is 100 percent healthy because they believe he can be an impact arm in the bullpen."
Koda Glover making good progress says he’s throwing 20 throws from 100-120 feet. Said coming down from WPB to catch up with team in Miami was big for his mental health. Building strength back each week— Byron Kerr (@masnKerr) April 20, 2019
Nats rethinking Ross' long-man role in bullpen - (MLB.com)
"'I have to look at him more as just a regular reliever,' Martinez said prior to Saturday’s game against the Marlins. 'Not just a long man and see what he can do.'"
Former Nationals minor leaguer killed in car accident in Dominican Republic - (WaPost)
"Braulio Lara, a former pitcher in the Washington Nationals’ farm system, was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Saturday..."
Miami Marlins vs Washington Nationals game recap - (Miami Herald)
"This is the offense the Miami Marlins have been looking for."
Marlins hammer Scherzer, top Nationals for series-clinching win - (Sun Sentinel)
"Less than 24 hours after hitting coach Mike Pagliarulo was fired, the Marlins took the field hoping to turn a new page on the season."
Mater Dei grad Hunter Owen, Central grad Aaron Barrett reacquainted - (Courier & Press)
"The last time Hunter Owen had seen Aaron Barrett, he was watching him play for Eugene Pate’s American Legion baseball team with his older brother, Tyler."
Outfielder Chuck Taylor walks Harrisburg Senators to fifth straight Eastern League win - (pennlive.com)
"It was outfielder Chuck Taylor’s turn to play hero Saturday for the surging Harrisburg Senators."