The Washington Nationals played one of their most complete games in all phases of baseball yesterday with the starting pitching and bullpen completing the team’s second combined shutout of the season yesterday. The defense and positioning was excellent. The offense was good and probably a tad unlucky.
You would have to give Trevor Williams and CJ Abrams the top stars in that game. Both came through in a game where the conditions were rough. It rained for most of the game, and they came through for a big win. Williams went 6.0 scoreless and Abrams was 3-3 with a oppo homer and excellent defense at shortstop.
Speaking of rain, today was supposed to be a day-off to fly to San Diego, but the Nats and Diamondbacks will play today as a makeup game for a smoke-out from those Canadian forest fires. The winds carried the smoke over D.C. and the game was postponed due to the poor air quality.
The Nats have a 10-22 record in the past 32-games and right in the middle of those numbers are an 0-2 against Arizona — but back on June 6, the Nats faced LHP Tommy Henry and got five runs off of him and knocked him out of the game at 4 1/3 innings. Of course Erasmo Ramirez blew the game, and the Nats lost. Well, Ramirez is gone, and Henry is starting this game against Jake Irvin of the Nats.
The Nats starting pitchers have a combined ERA of 4.58 for 20th best in MLB. What was such a strength for this team is just now one of the weaknesses as the starting rotation has to improve.