Aníbal Sánchez gave up a run on four hits in 5 1⁄3 innings on the mound against Chicago’s White Sox this afternoon, and the Washington Nationals took a 4-1 lead into the eighth in the nation’s capital, but Kyle Barraclough (in his second inning of work) gave up a two-out, two-run home run, 4-3, and Wander Suero surrendered a solo shot that tied things up, 4-4.
Sánchez vs the Sox: Aníbal Sánchez flirted with perfection last time out, and perfection flirted back, but it was not to be. He gave up a one-out single in the sixth, after retiring a total of 16-straight Braves to start the game.
Sánchez ended up throwing six scoreless in Atlanta, over which he gave up just one hit, and he earned his first win of the season after 10 starts for the Nationals.
Going up against the White Sox this afternoon in the nation’s capital, Sánchez retired the side in order in the first, but two singles around a walk in the second loaded the bases up with no one out before the starter caught Tim Anderson looking with an 0-2 cutter and got lucky on a liner to third by Yolmer Sánchez that Anthony Rendon caught before stepping on the bag for an unassisted, inning-ending double play.
Sánchez completed five scoreless on 73 pitches, as the Nationals jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but his 80th pitch of the game, a fastball outside, knee-high, ended up sailing out to the back of the left field bullpen on a solo home run by Yoán Moncada which made it a one-run game. That was it for the Nationals’ starter...
Aníbal Sánchez’s Line: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 Ks, 1 HR, 80 P, 55 S, 3/2 GO/FO.
Covey in D.C.: Dylan Covey made his first two appearances of the season out of the White Sox’ bullpen, and he was winless in his first five starts for Chicago, going (0-3) with a 5.40 ERA, 16 walks, 13 Ks, and a .191/.314/.382 line against in 25 IP before he earned a win in his last start before today.
Covey fell behind early in the second of two with the Nationals in the nation’s capital, giving up a leadoff double to right field by Matt Adams in the second and an RBI hit to right-center field by Kurt Suzuki in the next at bat, 1-0.
Juan Soto bunted his way on, beating the shift to start the Nationals’ half of the fourth, and a second single by Howie Kendrick, on a chopper up the middle, put two on in front of Matt Adams, who was 2 for 2 on the day after Eloy Jiménez made a sliding attempt at a catch on a low liner to left and came up empty.
Covey kept it there through five, and the White Sox scored to make it a one-run game in the top of the sixth before they went to the bullpen.
Dylan Covey’s Line: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 Ks, 77 P, 51 S, 9/1 GO/FO.
Rendon is Streaking: With a double in his second at bat in last night’s win over the White Sox, Anthony Rendon extended his on-base streak to 20-straight games, over which he’s gone 27 for 72 (.375/.500/.736) with seven doubles, two triples, five home runs, 18 walks, and 21 runs scored. The streak has taken him from a .305/.391/.621 line on May 12th to a .335/.440/.671 line on the year heading into play today.
Aníbal Sánchez, Beautiful 71mph Changeup. pic.twitter.com/o6E9bVYGbY— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) June 5, 2019
BULLPEN ACTION: Tanner Rainey took over for Sánchez and worked around a single to get the Nationals out of the top of the sixth with a one-run lead.
Evan Marshall took over with a runner on and gave up a double to right on a squibber that fell in along the right field line, sending Adams over to third, and Victor Robles hit a sac fly to right to bring Adams in and make it a 3-1 game. Suzuki moved up on the fly and scored from third when Tim Anderson dropped a Gerardo Parra pop in the next at bat, 4-1.
Kyle Barraclough tossed a 12-pitch, 1-2-3 top of the seventh.
Lefty Aaron Bummer retired the Nationals in order in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Barraclough came back out in the eighth and gave up a one-out single by Leury Garcia and a two-out, two-run home run to left by José Abreu, whose 16th of 2019 made it a one-run game, 4-3 Nationals.
Back-to-back to make this a brand new ballgame! pic.twitter.com/P42phz9zT4— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) June 5, 2019
Bummer returned to the mound in the bottom of the eighth, and threw one away on a one-out chopper off of Matt Adams’ bat, sailing the throw to first and allowing the potential go-ahead run to take second base. Two outs later, however, his pinch runner, Michael A. Taylor was stranded, 4-4 after eight.
Sean Doolittle gave up leadoff and one-out singles in the top of the ninth, but stranded both runners.
Alex Colomé got the bottom of the ninth for the White Sox and walked pinch hitter Brian Dozier to start the frame.
Trea Turner worked the count full in the next at bat and hit a two-run shot to left to win it.
Nationals now 28-33