Turner Leads Nationals Over O’s

Myworld was in D.C. to watch the O’s play the Nationals. In the past the O’s have beaten up on the Nationals even though they were not the better team. In their first series in Baltimore this year the Nationals swept them. With Trea Turner hitting a triple short of the cycle in a 4 for 4 day the Nationals outslugged the Orioles 9-6.

Trea Turner started out the scoring for the game, turning on a pitch from David Hess in the second inning for a solo homerun into the Orioles bullpen. Jefry Rodriguez was getting his second start in the majors for the Nationals and after sailing through the first two innings he gave up a pair of two run homeruns in the next two innings. Jace Peterson tagged a pitch into the Nationals bullpen in the third inning to give the Orioles a 2-1 lead. Trey Mancini slugged a two run homerun into the Orioles bullpen in the fourth inning to give the Orioles a 4-1 lead.

The Orioles tacked on another run in the top of the fifth when Rodriguez walked pitcher David Hess to lead off the inning. A walk to Jace Peterson and a hit by pitch to Adam Jones loaded the bases with no outs. Rodriguez wiggled out of the inning coaxing Machado to hit into a 4-6-3 double play. A Trumbo strikeout ended the inning and kept the Nationals deficit to 5-1.

David Hess had a one hitter through four, the Turner solo shot in the second. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases with no outs. Pinch hitter Brian Goodwin popped to short. With one out Adam Eaton hit a slow roller into the hole at third base. Machado broke for the ball but it just missed the glove, dribbling out to left field and allowing two runs to score. A walk to Juan Soto loaded the bases again for a Anthony Rendon sacrifice fly to pull the Nationals within one. The slumping Bryce Harper blooped a double over third base to tie the game and ended the day for Hess. Miguel Castro got Daniel Murphy to ground to first to end the rally.

In the top of the sixth Jonathan Schoop led the inning off with a triple. After a walk to Danny Valencia, Trey Mancini bounced one back to the pitcher. Schoop broke off third base too far and was run down by Trea Turner for the first out. The Nationals tried to turn two with the bases loaded, allowing a run to score to give the Orioles a 6-5 lead. A double steal with Corban Joseph going to second and Trey Mancini breaking for home after the throw to second proved disastrous after Mancini was gunned down at home for the third out.

Down by one the Nationals turned on rookie Tanner Scott. Adam Eaton started the inning with a drag bunt single to second base. Juan Soto lined a single into centerfield. Anthony Rendon doubled to left centerfield to score two runs to give them the lead. With a runner on third and one out George Wright replaced Scott. Michael Taylor grounded a single past a drawn in infield, hitting the glove of Machado. A Wilmer Difo RBI single upped the Nationals lead to 9-6. Spencer Kieboom laid down a bunt but Turner was caught too far off third base. He was eventually tagged out as he encouraged Difo to take third. Wilmer Difo broke too late for third and he was also tagged out.

The Nationals used recently acquired Kelvin Herrera for the first time. He retired the side in order in the eighth. Sean Doolittle came on in the ninth and gave up a solo homerun to Joey Rickard to close to within two. That was all the O’s could accomplish.

Game Notes: Jefry Rodriguez had a fastball consistently hitting 96-98. He rarely threw his curveball, but when he did he got swings and misses. Judging from his performance, at this point he appears to be a two pitch pitcher, fastball and curve. Jace Peterson hit a first pitch fastball for his homerun in the third inning. Trey Mancini went deep against Rodriguez on a 2-2 count. The walk to the pitcher in the fifth was damaging…Trea Turner made an exceptional play at short, sliding to his back hand side to pick up a ground ball and gunning down the runner at first. Defensively he is superior to Machado at short…Buck walked Bryce Harper intentionally in the eighth with runners on first and second with two out. It paid off for him when Pedro Severino popped out to second…Kelvin Herrera was hitting 98 with his fastball.

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