The Nats lose 12-10 and in turn lost this series in Colorado. It was the worst start of Strasburg’s career as he could not even make it out of the 2nd inning.
The Nats offense battled back and made this into a game. Pedro Severino hit his first home run of his career which came during a pinch-hitting appearance, and Wilmer Difo had an RBI pinch-hit making it a very productive day for the young bench players. Jayson Werth extended his on-base streak to 45 consecutive games, and he did it today on a walk that he earned in a 3-2 count.
Bryce Harper hit a 2nd deck tape measure home run measured at 461 feet, and here is the video on this bomb. Bryce finished 2-4 with a walk in the game, and Harper’s home run was his first since July 20th.
Trea Turner continued his offensive assault and easily could have been 3-4 today, but finished with a triple, a double, and a sacrifice fly with 1 RBI and 2 runs scored. He has raised his OPS to .873. He now has six triples on the season, and Turner has done that in only 127 at-bats. In a full season, Turner could compete for the triples record. Look at the names on the triples record here like Shoeless Joe Jackson and Ty Cobb. Thirty-seven triples would be nice.
Anthony Rendon continued his hot hitting with a 2-5 game raising his OPS to .802. The offense leaves Colorado with some momentum going into Atlanta tomorrow.
Here is the Nats OPS leaders:
- Daniel Murphy .998
- Wilson Ramos .908
- Trea Turner .873
- Bryce Harper .838
- Anthony Rendon .802
- Jayson Werth .783
- Danny Espinosa .711
- Ryan Zimmerman .678
- Ben Revere .555
The bench players are made up of small sample sizes, but Pedro Severino has done nothing but hit and play good defense:
- Pedro Severino 1.255
- Stephen Drew .882
- Wilmer Difo .835
- Chris Heisey .755
- Jose Lobaton .662
- Michael Taylor .646
- Clint Robinson .645
Here is Dusty’s thoughts on Strasburg and the game:
This was perhaps the biggest bad call of the day by the umpire as two more runs scored after the umpire missed this call:
— Nats Strike Zone (@NationalsUmp) August 17, 2016