After a slow start, the Nats extended their win streak to five with a pair of wins on Sunday – 6-2 over the Tigers, 7-3 over the Mets.
Washington 6 Detroit 2
Gio Gonzalez was less than stellar (3IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 1K) but the ‘pen threw six shutout innings while the offense pounded out six runs on nine hits and five walks.
Here’s how the Watchlist players performed:
● Victor Robles started in CF but went 0-for-3 with two K’s.
● Andrew Stevenson started in LF and was 0-for-3 with one whiff and an OF assist.
● Wander Suero struck out the side while working around a hit in the 8th.
● Juan Soto subbed for Bryce Harper in RF but was 0-for-2 with a strikeout.
● Drew Ward followed Anthony Rendon at 3B and was 0-for-1.
● Taylor Gushue took over behind the plate for Matt Wieters and fanned in his lone PA.
● Carter Kieboom doubled in his only AB as the pinch-hitter for DH Miguel Montero.
● Blake Perkins was the second CF and grounded out for the second out in the 8th.
Nationals 7 Mets 3
The Nats put this one away early as they knocked Steven Matz from the box with a five-run 1st and cruised to a 7-3 win over the Mets. Edwin Jackson was serviceable, allowing a run on a home run and two hits total with no walks and three strikeouts over three innings.
Likewise, another summary of the Watchlist players’ production:
● Kelvin Gutierrez started at 3B and went 1-for-2 with an RBI on a sacrifice fly.
● Pedro Severino started at C and was 2-for-3 with a two RBI and a run scored.
● Rafael Bautista started in RF and went 1-for-3 with RBI single.
● Luis Garcia singled in the 9th as the second 2B after Wilmer Difo.
● Osvaldo Abreu subbed for Trea Turner at SS but went hitless in two at-bats.
● Jose Marmolejos tooke over 1B from Chris Dominguez and whiffed in his only AB.
● Daniel Johnson followed Bautista in RF and drew a walk, but got picked off first base.
● Yasel Antuna struck out while pinch-hitting for starting DH Spencer Kieboom
● Jefry Rodriguez retired the side in order for a 1-2-3 eighth inning.
The Nats send just a single squad (well, some of them are married, but you know what I mean) to Jupiter, FL to visit the Cardinals on Monday. Tanner Roark is expected to make his third start.