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Wire Taps: Nationals’ five-game win streak ends in 14-inning loss; Sean Doolittle struggles again; Max Scherzer sim No. 2

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of the series finale with the Brewers...

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That game last night would. not. end. Sure it was fun and all, but 14 innings and 5 hours and 40 minutes later the Nationals’ five-game losing streak was over and a rubber match was set up for this afternoon...

Go read your links while you wait for the start of the series finale...


Wildest game of year ends with loss in 14th (updated) - (MASN)
"Here’s what we can say unequivocally about the 2019 Nationals: They do not quit. No game is ever out of reach."

Nats come back 4 times in 14-inning defeat - (
"The wildest and wackiest game of the season for the Nationals ended with starting pitcher Joe Ross at the plate."

In one of the year’s wildest games, Nats fall one rally short in 15-14 loss to Brewers - (WaPost)
"Doolittle paused as the rant ran out of gas. Then he shook his head. 'I don’t know,' he said. 'It just wasn’t coming out tonight.'"

Doolittle’s struggles continue:

Doolittle, Martinez will reconsider closer's workload - (MASN)
“'Tonight, man, I just didn’t have anything,' the Nationals closer said. 'So, yeah, we’re going to have to figure something out.'"

Struggling Doolittle 'searching for answers' - (
"What is concerning for the Nats and Doolittle is that this was the continuation of a recent trend for their usually reliable closer."

Scherzer Sim No. 2:

Scherzer on track to return Thursday after simulated game - (MASN)
“'He felt good,' Martinez said. 'He’s a little bit ornery, but that’s a good thing. Now we’ll see how he feels tomorrow.'"

Nationals’ Max Scherzer set to resume regular routine - (WaPost)
Scherzer threw 64 pitches Saturday, completing four mock innings in his second simulated game of the week.


Surly Baseball Fan Jack White Returned To Watch Nationals-Brewers In Extra Innings After Leaving To Play A Concert - (Deadspin)
"Jack White is currently on tour with his band The Raconteurs and their show on Saturday was in our nation’s capital."

Brewers 15, Nationals 14 (14): Eric Thames' two-run HR ends wild affair - (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)
"It was a game in which no lead was safe. Until the last one."