The Nats scored in five separate innings—putting up crooked numbers in three—as they folded the Cards, 12-2 on Sunday afternoon.
Hunter Jones and Jake Noll both went deep, but the real damage was done by the St. Louis throwers, as they issued eleven walks and two wild pitches while fanning just eight batters. Despite Victor Robles’s presence in the starting lineup, the Cardinals’ pitchers did not hit a batter.
Meanwhile, Erick Fedde tossed two scoreless innings with one hit and no walks allowed while striking out three.
Robles (0-1, R, BB, SF, RBI) was joined by just three presumed starters (Turner, SS; Eaton, DH; Dozier, 2B) as the Nats put Adrian Sanchez (3B), Matt Adams (1B), Andrew Stevenson (LF), and Chuck Taylor in the lineup then sent out the minor-leaguers to take turns at the plate. Here’s a rundown of how the watchlist players did:
- Luis Garcia followed Turner at SS and went 0-for-3 with a run scored
- Carter Kieboom was the second DH and reached base twice with an RBI single and a walk
- Tres Barrera pinch-hit for Kieboom in the 9th but struck out
- Jose “Orange” Marmolejos took over 1B from Adams and went 0-for-2 with a walk
- Jake Noll looked like Ryan Zimmerman circa 2007 as he went 3-for-3 with a double, HR, and scored three times as the second 3B
- Austen Williams let in one of three inherited runners as he cleaned up Koda Glover’s mess (3BB in 4BF) while getting the last two outs in the 5th
- Kyle McGowin walked two and fanned two while pitching two scoreless in the 7th and 8th innings
Washington remains on the road tomorrow afternoon as they visit the House of Mouse in Lake Buenavista to play Atlanta. Patrick Corbin is expected to make his first start for the Nationals. The game can be heard on MLB Audio (Braves feed).