It looked bad when Washington’s Nationals fell behind 6-0 in the third this afternoon, but a three-run blast by Juan Soto, solo home runs by Victor Robles and Carter Kieboom, and an RBI single by Kurt Suzuki tied things up at 6-6 after five innings in the finale with San Diego and it went to extras before the Nats beat the Padres on a walk-off homer by Matt Adams, 7-6 final.
Hellboy vs the Padres: Jeremy Hellickson gave up nine hits, two walks, and five earned runs in a 93-pitch, five-inning start against the Colorado Rockies in Coors Field the last time out before this afternoon’s series finale with the San Diego Padres in D.C.
Hellickson received no decision in that outing against the Rockies, after he earned back-to-back wins in his first two starts after coming out of the bullpen in his 2019 debut.
He fell behind early today, however when Greg Garcia hit a 1-2 changeup into the right field bullpen in Nationals Park for a one-out solo shot that gave the Padres an early lead, 1-0.
Eric Hosmer doubled to center and scored on a bloop single to short left by Hunter Renfroe in the second, 2-0.
An infield single (by Fernando Tatis, Jr.), ROE (on a Greg Garcia grounder to Brian Dozier at second, E:4), and an RBI single (by Manny Machado) in the third put the Padres up 3-0 with no one out in the third, and with one down, Eric Hosmer hit a 2-1 fastball out the other way for a 3-run blast that made it 6-0 San Diego.
Jeremy Hellickson’s Line: 3.0 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 3 Ks, 2 HRs, 55 P, 39 S, 3/1 GO/FO.
Lucchesi vs the Nationals: It’s been an up and down start to the 2019 campaign for Padres’ lefty Joey Lucchesi, who won each of his first two starts this season with scoreless outings against the Giants and D-Backs, but lost the next two outings, giving up 14 hits, four BBs, and 12 ER in 11 IP against the Giants (again) and the Rockies.
The 25-year-old southpaw earned his third win of the season in start No. 5, however, with a strong outing (5 2⁄3 IP, 5 H, 1 ER) in his last start before today’s.
Lucchesi started with two scoreless today, as the Padres jumped out to a 6-0 lead, but back-to-back, one-out singles in the bottom of the third set Juan Soto up with an RBI opportunity the 20-year-old slugger cashed in with a three-run homer to center field, 6-3 Padres.
Howie Kendrick reached on an error later in the third, took second on a groundout, and scored on an RBI single by Kurt Suzuki, 6-4, and the Nationals loaded the bases with two down before the lefty struck Adam Eaton out to end the threat.
Victor Robles made it a one-run game with a leadoff homer in the fourth, however, hitting a 1-0 cutter from Lucchesi out to left field for his 4th of the season, 6-5.
Joey Lucchesi’s Line: 4.0 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 Ks, 2 HRs, 84 P, 51 S, 3/4 GO/FO.
Soto Streak?: Going into today’s finale with the Padres, Juan Soto had reached base safely in 12 straight games and 20 of the last 21, with 11 hits in 53 plate appearances in that stretch, (.250/.377/.477), and a double, three home runs, and eight walks over the course of the streak.
Soto extended his on-base streak to 13-straight in a big way with a three-run home run off Padres’ lefty Joey Lucchesi in the bottom of the third, hitting his 6th HR of the season out onto the batter’s eye green in center field to make it a 6-3 game in the Padres’ favor.
BULLPEN ACTION: Erick Fedde took over for Hellickson after the Nationals made it a 6-4 game with a four-run third, and worked around a two-out single for a scoreless, 15-pitch frame.
Fedde tossed a quick, nine-pitch, 1-2-3 fifth to keep it a one-run game after Victor Robles homered in the fifth to make it 6-5.
Adam Warren took over for the Padres in the bottom of the fifth and retired the first batter he faced before a nine-pitch battle with Carter Kieboom ended with a game-tying homer which the rookie infielder hit out to left field on an 85 MPH changeup, 6-6.
Luis Perdomo worked around a two-out single by Juan Soto for a scoreless sixth inning.
Fedde worked around a leadoff walk in the seventh, completing his fourth scoreless frame at 49 pitches overall.
Brad Wieck gave up a leadoff single (by Kurt Suzuki) and a walk (to Carter Kieboom) in the first two at bats of the Nats’ half of the seventh, but struck out two (Michael A. Taylor and Yan Gomes) before the Padres went to the bullpen for Trey Wingenter vs Victor Robles with two on and two out, and Robles K’d swinging to end the threat.
Erick Fedde’s Line: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 Ks, 49 P, 34 S, 5/1 GO/FO.
Kyle Barraclough got the eighth for the Nationals, and struck out three around a two-out single.
Wingenter returned to the mound in the bottom of the eighth and threw a scoreless frame to keep it a tie game.
Joe Ross retired the first two batters he faced in the ninth, but back-to-back singles and a walk loaded the bases with two out and Manny Machado due up, and Machado got up 2-0 before popping out to the infield on a 95 MPH fastball. Still 6-6.
Matt Wisler took over for the Padres in the bottom of the ninth and retired the side in order.
Tony Sipp worked around a two-out walk to keep it tied after nine and a half.
Wisler returned in the bottom of the tenth inning and gave up a leadoff single by Wilmer Difo, who lined a 3-2 slider to right field to end an eight-pitch at bat.
Fernando Tatis, Jr. injured himself on a high throw to second base on a bunt by Robles, and he came off the bag as he slipped into a painful-looking split reaching for the throw, leaving runners on first and second with no one out. Brian Dozier stepped in next and failed to get a bunt down, then lined out to center.
Juan Soto stepped in with two on and one out and moved both runners up with a grounder to first, leaving it up to Howie Kendrick, who grounded out to short, with Manny Machado making a slick sliding play and strong throw to keep it tied...
Justin Miller retired the Padres in order to complete the eighth scoreless inning by the Nats’ bullpen today.
Matt Adams stepped in to start the Nationals’ 11th, and hit a 1-1 fastball from Wisler out to right field and off the foul pole for a walk-off winner. 7-6 final. Ballgame.
Nationals now 12-14