“It’s one of those losses where you scratch your head and you just got to forget about it and come back tomorrow,” Davey Martinez said after the Nationals blew a 5-4 lead in the eighth, then lost on a walk-off sac fly in the 10th. It was the sixth straight loss for the Nationals, who are now 1-9 in their last 10, and 9.5 games back in the NL East, after getting swept in CBP by a Phillies team that’s won all six games with their divisional rivals this season.
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Searching for answers, Nationals vault Eaton to top of lineup - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Eaton spent most of his career in the American League leading off. He’s done so in 578 games. He’s hit second in 183 games, almost all with Washington."
Nats falter late, lose in extras to get swept in Philly - (MASN)
"The Nationals (12-23) just suffered a four-game sweep in Philadelphia after dropping the final two games of last weekend’s series in Boston."
Run, Trea, run! Inside-the-park homer in Philly - (MLB.com)
"Any hard-hit ball from Turner seems to have an opportunity for extra bases. He entered the game ranked third among all players with a 30.0 ft/sec sprint speed (average is 27.0, elite is 30.0-plus)."
Trea Turner breaks Nationals’ scoreless streak with inside-the-park home run - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Washington finally ended the drought in the third inning Thursday. Shortstop Trea Turner came up to bat with a runner on second and two outs while the Nationals trailed 2-0."
Adam Eaton bats leadoff in finale vs. Phillies - (MLB.com)
"The Nationals' look at Adam Eaton in the leadoff spot on Thursday against the Phillies was cut short when the right fielder exited the game in the fifth inning after running out a sacrifice bunt."
Martinez moves Eaton to leadoff spot to try to energize lineup - (MASN)
"Eaton had mentioned that he was not getting the usual spark of adrenaline manning right field as he was accustomed to in seasons past because stadiums are empty."
Nats on pace to be among worst defending champion teams in MLB history - (NBC Sports Washington)
"That 12-22 record is good for a .353 win percentage which, believe it or not, has the Nationals on pace to be one of the worst defending champion teams in MLB history."
MLB All Star Game: Who would make 2020 team? - (Sports Illustrated)
"Soto’s strong third season in the show is one of the only bright spots for the Nationals this year, as the defending champs look nothing like the team that won it all in 2019."
Why MLB's minor leagues as you know them will end Sept. 30 - (ESPN.com)
"The system results in some odd pairings, such as the Washington Nationals and their Triple-A team, which is 2,300 miles away in Fresno, California."
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4-game sweep: Bohm lifts Phillies in 10th - (MLB.com)
"Alec Bohm’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly scored J.T. Realmuto in the 10th, lifting the Phillies to their ninth win in the past 10 games."
Braves release Matt Adams - (AJC.com)
"The Braves released Matt Adams, the team announced Thursday."
Each team's player to watch down the stretch - (MLB.com)
"[Trea] Turner is coming off a staggering 16-game hitting streak in August."
Alex Rodriguez Reportedly Unhappy With Mets' Sale Process - (MLB Trade Rumors)
"Now, after falling short, A-Rod is crying foul on the process, as he believes bidding was rigged in Cohen’s favor, Kosman and McEnery report."
Told RHP Austen Williams, who would have been a pitching option for the Nats this year, underwent Tommy John surgery in early August. Obviously will impact his 2021 status as well.— Britt Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) September 3, 2020