A night after the Washington Nationals scored 14 runs on 18 hits and lost to the Milwaukee Brewers, 15-14, the home team in the nation’s capital scored 16 runs on 19 hits (eight home runs), and earned a series win with a 16-8 decision in the series finale.
Matt Adams (No. 19), Victor Robles (16), Brian Dozier (2, 18-19), Anthony Rendon (27), Juan Soto (2, 27-28), and Adam Eaton (10) all went deep in the third of three in D.C., and Eaton drove one run in with a triple (boring!) as the Nats ran away with this afternoon’s matchup.
Fedde vs Milwaukee: In back-to-back wins in his last two outings, Erick Fedde gave up two runs total in 12 innings, (1.50 ERA), throwing six scoreless against San Francisco, and giving up two runs in six innings against Cincinnati at home in the nation’s capital.
Those starts left the 26-year-old, 2014 1st Round pick (3-2) with a 4.23 ERA, 23 walks, 29 Ks, and a .284/.359/.462 line against in 55 1⁄3 IP as a starter this season.
Fedde found himself in a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the opening frame, after giving up back-to-back, two-out singles and a walk, but he worked his way out of trouble in the first and took the mound in the second with a 4-0 lead and worked around a leadoff hit.
It was 6-0 when Fedde came out for the third inning and worked around a two-out walk and double, and 13-0 when he took the mound in the fourth, and gave up a leadoff home run by Ben Gamel, 13-1.
Three straight hits in the fifth, with the third a three-run blast by Mike Moustakas, made it a 13-4 game, but Fedde kept it there, and completed five innings on 102 pitches.
Erick Fedde’s Line: 5.0 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 Ks, 2 HRs, 102 P, 59 S, 8/1 GO/FO.
Anderson vs Washington: Brewers’ righty Chase Anderson took the mound this afternoon unbeaten in his last 10 starts, with a 2.89 ERA, 15 walks, 43 strikeouts, and a .202/.270/.352 line against in 53 IP over that stretch, in which he was just (2-0), with the Brewers 4-6 in his outings.
Anderson fell behind early this afternoon, giving up a leadoff single by Trea Turner and a walk to Adam Eaton in the first two at bats of the Nationals’ first, and two outs later, Matt Adams hit a 1-0 fastball off the facade of the second deck in right field for a mammoth three-run blast, 3-0, which was followed by a solo shot to left-center by Victor Robles, 4-0, after one. No. 19 for Adams, and No. 16 for Robles.
We started making this video after scoring 4 runs in the bottom of the first.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) August 18, 2019
We didn't have the heart to tell our video production team to scrap it, even though we scored 7 in the bottom of the third.@KPMidAtlantic // #OnePursuit pic.twitter.com/08bc91xQlH
Yan Gomes singled to start the second, and moved up on a sac bunt before Trea Turner walked to put two on in front of Eaton, who tripled off the right field wall to drive in two more, 6-0.
Matt Adams singled to start the Nationals’ third, and Victor Robles singled in front of Brian Dozier, who hit a 94 MPH 1-2 fastball out to left-center for a three-run blast that made it a 9-0 game.
Chase Anderson’s Line: 2.1 IP, 9 H, 10 R, 10 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 3 HRs, 71 P, 42 S, 4/1 GO/FO.
Turn-On: Trea Turner started the finale with the Brewers with a 24-game on-base streak, over which the Nationals’ 26-year-old shortstop was 33 for 101 (.327/.400/.535) with four doubles, a triple, five home runs, and 12 walks, and he extended it in his first trip to the plate, dropping a pop into short right field to lead off the bottom of the first inning.
BULLPEN ACTION: Aaron Wilkerson came on with a runner on in the bottom of the third and the Nationals up 9-0, and gave up a two-out walk to Adam Eaton, setting Anthony Rendon up with an opportunity he cashed in with a three-run blast to left that made it 12-0, and Juan Soto followed with an opposite field solo shot, 13-0.
Wilkerson worked around a walk in the bottom of the fourth, after Milwaukee got on the board in the top of the inning, completing the Brewers’ first scoreless frame, and it was 13-4 when he took the mound in the bottom of the fifth, and gave up a one-out solo shot by Adam Eaton, 14-4. 10th of the season for Eaton, third in the last four games.
Juan Soto hit his second of the game one out later, taking a first-pitch changeup from the Brewers’ righty out to right field for No. 28 of 2019 and a 15-4 lead.
Matt Grace took over for the Nationals in the sixth, and after two got on, he got an inning-ending 4-6-3 DP, then he got a 5-4-3 DP after giving up back-to-back one-out hits in the Brewers’ half of the seventh.
Wilkerson’s day ended, mercifully, after the Nationals loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh, with two out. Jay Jackson took over on the mound against Victor Robles and got the third out. Still 15-4.
Kyle McGowin worked around a leadoff single in a scoreless top of the eighth.
Brian Dozier took infielder Hernán Perez deep when the position player took one for the team and pitched in the eighth. Dozier’s second of the game and 19th of 2019, 16-4.
McGowin got another inning of work in the top of the ninth and gave up Mike Moustakas’s second home run of the game and 30th of the season, a two-run blast that made it 16-6.
Orlando Arcia hit another two-run blast after a single by Ben Gamel, 16-8. That’s how it ended. Ballgame.
Nationals now 67-56