When and where: April 16, 2019, Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., 7:05 PM ET
The San Francisco Giants will begin their eight-game road stretch on Tuesday when they travel east to take on the Washington Nationals. After falling to the San Diego Padres, the Giants bounced back with 3-1 series win over the Colorado Rockies. Meanwhile, the Nationals dropped a home series to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Dereck Rodriguez is expected to get the start for the Giants, while the Nationals roll out right-handed veteran Stephen Strasburg.
Giants lose the finale but win the series
The Giants failed to complete the sweep against the Rockies on Sunday, but they did manage to win their first series of the season. So the good outweighed the bad on a night when they were shut out on offense.
And it was really, really bad.
The Giants nearly gave up a no-hitter to German Marquez, who came within a couple of innings of the majestic feat. However, Evan Longoria finally connected on a pitch in the eighth inning to put an end to Marquez’s run.
On the defensive side, lefty Derek Holland got the start on the mound for the Giants. Over a span of six innings, he allowed four hits, four runs and walked two, while retiring six batters in the game. Things quickly settled down once the relief help got their shot at the Rockies. Travis Bergen, Trevor Gott and Nick Vincent all combined for one hit and zero runs scored in the 4-0 loss. It marked the third time this season the Giants have been shut out in a game.
Nationals come up short in the ninth inning
The Nationals missed on an opportunity to take their first home series in Sunday’s loss to the Pirates. It was a nail-biter that came down to Jason Martin grounding a double at the top of the ninth inning that sent in a tiebreaking run. Nationals closer Wander Suero gave up the game-winning hit after Max Scherzer held the Pirates scoreless for five innings.
Scherzer struggled on the mound early in the game by giving up three runs in the first three innings. However, the Nationals didn’t concede to those struggles and continued to ride him all the way to the ninth inning. It was a wise choice considering how quickly he settled into the game and started shutting down the Pirates’ bats.
Going cold on offense must have been contagious because the Nationals faced those same struggles down the stretch. The only difference is they didn’t have a Martin knocking in the game-winner. They stayed cold for the rest of the game after the third inning. Adam Eaton came across home plate twice after getting two hits, while Howie Kendrick netted one run and an RBI off a double to center in the 4-3 loss.
- Giants are 4-12 in their last 16 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30.
- Giants are 6-21 in their last 27 road games.
- Giants are 0-5 in their last 5 vs. National League East.
- Giants are 0-4 in their last 4 games following an off day.
- Nationals are 29-9 in Strasburg’s last 38 home starts vs. a team with a losing record.
- Nationals are 38-13 in Strasburg’s last 51 starts vs. a team with a losing record.
- Nationals are 68-24 in Strasburg’s last 92 starts.
- Nationals are 68-24 in Strasburg’s last 92 starts on grass.