The Washington Nationals won a squeaker last night to ratchet their one-run win record this year to 22-19. With a 2-run lead in the 9th inning, closer Kyle Finnegan, got himself in trouble with bases loaded and no outs, and notched the save by only allowing one-run to score.
With a win today, the Nats will notch another series win, and they only have five interleague games remaining this season. After the game, the Nats will fly back to Washington, D.C. to begin a 4-game series against the Marlins.
There were unheralded players like recent callups Jacob Young and Carter Kieboom that sealed this win along with a 3-run homer from catcher Keibert Ruiz that was the final difference. Young had a key throw to the plate to nail a runner as he threw a rope to change the game, and Kieboom put up the Nats’ first two runs on a booming homer.
“[Carter Kieboom] is taking full advantage of this opportunity, which I love. He put all the work in to get back here, and he’s earned the chance to come back and try to help us win. He’s stepped up and has done a great job.”— manager Dave Martinez said
Here is how they rank:
No. 6 Starter: Joan Adon 5.21 (starter’s ERA only)
No. 5 Starter: Trevor Williams 4.82
No. 4 Starter: Patrick Corbin 4.70
No. 3 Starter: Jake Irvin 4.30
No. 2 Starter: MacKenzie Gore 4.28
No. 1 Starter: Josiah Gray 4.05
Here is your Baseball Savant link for the game.
Washington Nationals vs. Toronto Blue Jays
Stadium: Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontairo, Canada
1st Pitch: 3:07 pm EDT
Radio: 106.7 The Fan radio and via the MLB app