Nothing seemed to bounce the Washington Nationals way last night especially for Trea Turner’s equilibrium which was clearly off. Trea surely would have wanted a “mulligan” for his performance in Friday’s game which was his worst game in a Nationals uniform as he committed two errors and went hitless. After his big game the night before, he told Dan Kolko, “pretty tired, pretty low on energy” but he was back in the line-up on Friday in his 44th consecutive game since coming off the disabled list on April 21st. While Ryan Zimmerman, Daniel Murphy, and Anthony Rendon all got the day off on Thursday, Trea Turner and Michael Taylor were both in the line-up. Taylor has played in 20 games in a row, and he is also due for a rest. Besides pitchers and catchers, there is no tougher position to play than shortstop followed by centerfield.
Tanner Roark also showed signs of fatigue last night, but per official scoring, he only gave up 2 earned runs because of errors behind him from Turner and Ryan Zimmerman that led to a disappointing tally of 3 unearned runs.
Today it is the battle of 2 lefties as Martin Perez and Gio Gonzalez square off in this 12:05pm matinee game at Nats Park. Stephen Drew, Ryan Raburn and Matt Wieters have all faced Perez before with success. They are the only Nats’ players with a record against Perez. Surpringly, only 3 Rangers players faced Gio Gonzalez from his time in the National League and not from his American League days.
Texas Rangers at Washington Nationals
Stadium: Nationals Park, South Capitol St. SE, Washington, DC
1st Pitch: 12:05 pm EDT
TV: MASN, WUSA9, MLB Network (out-of-market(, FOX Southwest, MLB.TV
Nats Radio: 106.7 FM The Fan; SiriusXM® XM 185 Sirius 214 (Internet 869)
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