Cardinals Pound Nationals and Corbin

It only took one inning to ruin an outing. The Cardinals exploded on Patrick Corbin for six runs in the fifth for a 6-3 win. The Nationals offense continued to sputter, especially with Anthony Rendon and Trea Turner out of the lineup.

It started out well for the Nationals. Michael Wacha struggled to find the plate in the second inning. Singles by Matt Adams and Brian Dozier and a walk to Yan Gomes loaded the bases. Unfortunately there were two out and Patrick Corbin was at the plate. Corbin ran the count to 3-2, fouled off a couple two strike pitches and eventually drew a walk against Wacha to force in a run. Adam Eaton lined a two run single to left field, the weak throw from Marcell Ozuna not coming close to nailing the slow footed Yan Gomes at the plate. The Nationals took the early 3-0 lead.

It looked like the early three runs was all the Nationals would need with the results of Corbin’s early success in the game. Through the fourth he had only given up one hit and walked two. In the fifth the wheels came off his outing. Harrison Bader hit a deep solo shot into the rightcenterfield bleachers to start the scoring. After getting two outs Corbin failed to retire the next six hitters, walking two, throwing a wild pitch and giving up three singles and a double. By the time the dust clouds from the pitcher’s mound had cleared the Nationals were down 6-3.

In the eighth the Nationals were able to load the bases on three walks from John Brebbia. Brian Dozier could not take advantage of the generosity, popping out to first to end the potential rally.

Nats Notes: John Hicks was throwing 100-103 when he came into pitch in the ninth inning…Harrison Bader is a good ballplayer with lots of speed. He made a diving catch of a Yan Gomes line drive in the seventh inning…Carter Kieboom showed off his pedestrian fielding yesterday. He booted a grounder in the fourth inning that caused no harm. He also failed to snag a couple hard ground balls in the fifth that were ruled singles…Matt Carpenter struck out three times and walked once against left handed pitching…Yadier Molina extended hit hitting streak to a career high 16 with his RBI single in the fifth…The Nationals were forced to put Anthony Rendon on the disabled list to expand their roster for the games ahead.

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