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Lester, Soto power Nationals in 18-1 rout of Marlins

Lester, Soto power Nationals in 18-1 rout of Marlins

WASHINGTON — Jon Lester pitched seven scoreless innings and homered, Juan Soto hit a pair of home runs and the Washington Nationals routed the Miami Marlins 18-1 on Monday night.Lester (3-4) turned in his longest outing of the season, allowing six hits while striking out seven without a walk.He added his fourth career homer, connecting on a 1-0 fastball with a man on in the fifth off David Hess, and added a single for his fourth career multi-hit game.“He fell behind, and I was trying to hit a heater,” Lester said. “I was guessing. I don’t know how other pitchers hit, but I’m probably the idiot that guesses along like I would pitch guys. Just figured he was going to throw me a heater and tried to be on time. Got it, and fortunately didn’t miss it.”Soto continued his torrid post-All Star game pace, going 3-for-4 with five RBIs and three runs scored. He’s 10-for-17 (.588) with five homers, 11 RBIs and eight runs scored in four games since the break.“It just makes everybody better,” manager Dave Martinez said of Soto’s surge. “It picks everybody up. And it stretches out our lineup tremendously. He’s swinging the bat well, and he’s hitting the ball all over the field very hard.”Trea Turner drove in four runs with a homer and a triple as Washington began a stretch of six games against the last-place Marlins and the Baltimore Orioles.Miguel Rojas had a home run among his three hits for the Marlins, who were playing without several regulars. Miami lost its third straight game and a team meeting followed the Marlins worst loss of the season.“It was one of those games that just kind of went bad from the beginning and really didn’t get much better from there,” said Mattingly, declining to discuss the post-game session.Ross Detwiler (1-1), starting a bullpen game for Miami, was lifted with no outs in the second after allowing eight runs on seven hits, four of them home runs.The Nationals opened the game with four straight hits off Detwiler. Alcides singled, Turner tripled, and Soto and Josh Bell followed with back-to-back homers.Tres Barerra hit his first career homer leading off the second, and Turner added a three-run shot later in the inning, ending Detwiler’s night.Washington added 10 more runs before the game was over.“We kind of survived the game,” Mattingly said. “This isn’t really an easy one to wash off honestly, but we’re going to be ready to go tomorrow.”Meanwhile, after going five innings or less in each of his past four starts, Lester threw 81 pitches, 59 for strikes, over seven.“I’m just glad I was able to pitch some innings,” he said. “It’s been kind of a struggle lately with innings. So the simple fact of being able to get deeper in the game … my pitch count was manageable at the time.”ROSTER MOVESThe Nationals recalled OF Andrew Stevenson from Triple-A Rochester and optioned RHP Andres Machado to Rochester.TRAINER’S ROOMMarlins: Placed infielder Jazz Chisholm Jr. (left shoulder contusion) and infielder/outfielder Garrett Cooper (left elbow strain) on the 10-day injured list. The Marlins recalled outfielder Lewis Brinson and selected the contract of RHP Andrew Bellatti from Triple-A Jacksonville. OF Starling Marte was not in the lineup. Mattingly said Marte tweaked a shoulder sliding on Sunday and could be in the lineup Tuesday.Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (neck strain), who felt discomfort after a July 9 simulated game, threw a 32-pitch bullpen session. “We’ll see how he feels tomorrow, but he threw the ball well,” manager Dave Martinez said.UP NEXTMarlins: All-Star rookie LHP Trevor Rogers (7-6, 2.31) makes his second start of the season against the Nationals. On May 2, he took the loss, giving up three runs on four hits over five innings.Nationals: RHP Paolo Espino (2-2, 3.33) makes his sixth start and 22nd appearance of the season, filling in for RHP Joe Ross (right elbow inflammation).———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Padres, Nats recall harrowing scene after shots outside park

Padres, Nats recall harrowing scene after shots outside park

When the gunshots started to echo all around Nationals Park, San Diego Padres star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. quickly thought about the team’s family members and friends in the seats.Tatis bolted from the bench down the left field line Saturday night, helped open a gate to the stands and began ushering a group back to the dugout to shelter.“Our family, loved ones, little kids. Feel like somebody needed to go get them,” Tatis said Sunday. “I feel like the safest place was the clubhouse and we were trying to get our families into a safe place.”The top half of the sixth inning in the game between the Padres and Washington Nationals had just ended in front of about 33,000 fans when several shots were heard from an incident that occurred on South Capitol Street, just outside the third-base side of the stadium.But in the moment, no one knew whether the rapid series of shots was coming from inside the ballpark or beyond.Padres manager Jayce Tingler was on his way to see plate umpire Jordan Baker about a pitching change in a game San Diego led 8-4 and was suspended at that point.“He’s like, ‘Did you hear that?’” Tingler recalled Baker saying. “I’m like, ‘yeah, I think so’ and it kind of registered what it possibly could have been and obviously it was just a nightmare.”A chaotic scene quickly developed. As the Padres cleared the field, some fans rushed to leave the stadium while others ducked and tried to hide, looking for cover.“Everybody running. It was crazy. You couldn’t figure out what was going on. If it was one or two people,” Tatis said. “I was just trying to get to the safest place and get our families.”Tatis and teammates Manny Machado and Wil Myers drew praise for helping guide — and even carry — fans out of harm’s way.“The situation changed immediately,” Tatis said. “There’s no longer players, fans. I feel like everybody’s just people, human beings trying to be secure.”The game was halted then and completed on Sunday, with the Padres finishing off a 10-4 win. The teams were then set to play the regularly scheduled game.The shooting, an exchange of gunfire between people in two cars, left three people injured, according to Ashan Benedict, the Metropolitan Police Department’s executive assistant police chief. One of the people who was shot was a woman who was attending the game and who was struck while she was outside the stadium, he said Saturday night. Her injuries weren’t considered life-threatening.Two people who were in one of the cars later walked into a local hospital with gunshot wounds and were being questioned by investigators, Benedict said, and the extent of their injuries wasn’t immediately clear. Investigators were still trying to locate the second vehicle involved in the shooting.As the shots rang out, Nationals manager Davey Martinez was making sure his players were safe.“Then I started worrying about their families and trying to do the best I could to get them down to the players,” Martinez said. “And I started worrying about the fans as well.”Seeing the reaction on the third base side of the stadium, fans on the first base side began fleeing their seats as well. Some of them went down to the field.“There was a bunch of fans, they were in our dugout and I wanted to get them safe as well,” Martinez said. “We got them in through the tunnel and got them in safely and tried to keep them safe. For me it was just about protecting our people and doing the best I can to stay calm.”Like Tingler, Martinez got emotional recounting the previous night’s events.Minutes after the shots were heard, a message appeared on the Nationals Park scoreboard saying that the incident was outside the park and fans should remain inside. About 10 minutes later, fans were instructed to leave by the center- and right-field gates.“We started to get word that everything happened right outside the stadium,” Tingler said. “That’s when we started to feel a little bit better. You never feel great.”In a statement Sunday, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser and team owner Mark Lerner said police don’t think “the Washington Nationals, the ballpark or fans were the target” of the shooting.“We appreciate the tremendous cooperation of the fans at Saturday night’s game who did all that was asked of them under very stressful circumstances, and the police and the fire emergency medical personnel who responded,” they said.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Pads beat Nats 10-4, complete game suspended after shooting

Pads beat Nats 10-4, complete game suspended after shooting

Four San Diego relievers combined to toss four scoreless innings and the Padres defeated the Washington Nationals 10-4 in the completion of a game that was suspended the previous night because of a shooting outside the stadiumBy HARVEY VALENTINE Associated PressJuly 18, 2021, 7:32 PM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleWASHINGTON — Being back on the field was normal for Ryan Zimmerman, even if the circumstances were far from routine for any of the Washington Nationals and San Diego Padres.Four relievers combined to toss four scoreless innings and the Padres defeated Washington 10-4 Sunday in the completion of a game suspended the previous night because of a shooting outside Nationals Park.“I think last night was obviously something none of us had ever experienced,” said Zimmerman, the longtime Nationals star. “Coming to finish a game under those circumstances was a little bit weird for all us, but you have to move on and play the game. But it was definitely different.”The game was halted Saturday night with the Padres leading 8-4 in the middle of the sixth inning. The teams were to play the regularly scheduled game later in the day.When the shots were heard, it was not immediately clear where they were coming from. Star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. was one of several Padres who helped shepherd fans from the stands into the San Diego dugout for shelter in what became a chaotic scene as the crowd scrambled for safety.The shooting, an exchange of gunfire between people in two cars, left three people injured, Ashan Benedict, the Metropolitan Police Department’s executive assistant police chief, said Saturday night.“It doesn’t make the situation better, but someone shooting a firearm in the stadium would have been a completely different situation,” Zimmerman said. “Not that this situation is not bad. I’m not trying to say that this situation is not bad, but it kind of shows you hopefully that the stadium is secure.”Tatis had his third four-hit game of the season and scored twice for the Padres, and Tommy Pham had three hits and two walks.Pham singled in a run in the seventh after play resumed and a second scored on right fielder Juan Soto’s throwing error on the play.Zimmerman, who sat out the abbreviated 2020 season, hit his 10th homer season for the Nationals, who have lost six straight and 11 of 13.Reliever Craig Stammen (4-2) pitched a scoreless fifth inning for the win. Starter Blake Snell, who missed his last start due to a digestive issue, was reinstated from the injured list Saturday and allowed four runs on six hits and four walks in four innings.Nationals starter Patrick Corbin (6-8) gave up six runs on 10 hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings.Ha Seong-Kim’s two-run double gave Snell a 5-1 lead in the third, but in the bottom half Zimmerman snapped an 0-for-15 skid with a three-run homer to center.San Diego got RBI singles from Tatis, Jake Cronenworth and Manny Machado in the sixth to push the lead back to four runs. Machado had three hits and two RBIs.TRAINER’S ROOMPadres: RHP Yu Darvish (left hip inflammation) threw a bullpen session and remains on track to pitch Monday at Atlanta. … LHP Drew Pomeranz (forearm inflammation) was reinstated form the 10-day injured list.Nationals: Manager Dave Martinez said RHP Stephen Strasburg (neck strain) felt some neck discomfort after throwing a simulated game July 9. After taking a few days off, Strasburg played long-distance catch on Friday and felt better. … RHP Joe Ross (right elbow inflammation) is still feeling discomfort and will not make his scheduled start on Tuesday.UP NEXTPadres right-hander Joe Musgrove (5-7, 2.93), who allowed five runs and seven hits over five innings July 5 against the Nationals, pitches the regularly scheduled series finale. All-Star Game starter Max Scherzer (7-4, 2.66) is looking to bounce back after allowing a season-high seven earned runs against the Padres on July 8.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Cronenworth hits for cycle, Padres rout Nationals 24-8

Cronenworth hits for cycle, Padres rout Nationals 24-8

Jake Cronenworth hit for his first career cycle, Wil Myers had two homers including a grand slam, and the San Diego Padres blew out the Washington Nationals 24-8By HARVEY VALENTINE Associated PressJuly 17, 2021, 4:24 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleWASHINGTON — Jake Cronenworth hit for his first career cycle, Wil Myers had a grand slam and a two-run shot and the San Diego Padres set a franchise record for runs in a 24-8 blowout of the Washington Nationals on Friday night.The Padres, who finished the first half by losing two of three to the Rockies, had 22 hits against seven pitchers. San Diego scored in every inning except the seventh as the Nationals allowed the most runs since the franchise moved to Washington in 2005 and tied for the most in D.C. history.“That was just as relentless up and down the lineup I’ve seen our crew,” Padres manager Jayce Tingler said. “The discipline in the zone, just the grinding ability, making them come to the zone, laying off pitches out of the zone. That, for an extended period of time was as nasty as I’ve seen our group.”Cronenworth had a two-run double in the second, an RBI triple in the third, a solo homer in the fifth and an infield single against the shift in the sixth. Jurickson Profar replaced him at second base in the bottom of the seventh.“Just tried to put something in play hard,” Cronenworth said of his at-bat in the sixth. “I know I didn’t put it in play hard, but I put in play and … some luck involved and I guess that’s how you put that one together.”Cronenworth said he twice fell a single short of the cycle while in the minors.Myers hit a grand slam to cap a seven-run second inning, and added a two-run homer in the sixth and an RBI single in the eighth.Tommy Pham had four hits, including a homer, and scored five runs, and Jorge Mateo homered.Padres starter Chris Paddack (5-6) allowed four runs in five innings.Juan Soto had four hits, including two home runs, and Gerardo Parra had a three-run homer for Washington, which has lost five straight and 10 of 12.Erick Fedde (4-7) allowed six runs in 1 1/3 innings.Washington was without infielder Starlin Castro, who was placed on administrative leave Friday by Major League Baseball under its domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy.“You know what, today was just a rough day all the way around,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. “I’m going to go home, shake this one off and be ready to play tomorrow.”CYCLINGCronenworth’s cycle was the third in Padres history, following Matt Kemp (2015) and Myers (2017). Charlie Blackmon of the Rockies (2018) is the only other player to hit for the cycle against the Nationals (2005-present).ROSTER MOVESPadres: Placed rookie LHP Ryan Weathers on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to July 13, with right ankle inflammation. Weathers was injured Sunday against the Rockies.Nationals: Signed C René Rivera. The 37-year-old hit .236 with two homers and nine RBIs in 21 games with Cleveland this season. … C Jackson Reetz was optioned to Triple-A Rochester. … INF Jordy Mercer (strained right quad) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list.TRAINER’S ROOMPadres: Weathers, who suffered bruising in the back of the ankle, had been in a walking boot, but has since thrown without it. … RHP Yu Darvish (left hip inflammation) is progressing and Tingler said the plan is for Darvish to start Monday at Atlanta. … C Austin Nola (left knee sprain) caught five innings in a rehab start with Triple-A El Paso on Thursday.Nationals: CF Victor Robles left the game in the second inning due to dizziness, according to Martinez. with an apparent illness. … C Alex Avila (bilateral calf strains) took batting practice on Friday. Martinez said he’s close to returning from the 10-day IL.UP NEXTPadres left-hander Blake Snell (3-3, 4.99 ERA) makes his first career start at Nationals Park. He won his only previous start against Washington in 2018 while with Tampa Bay, allowing one hit in seven innings. Nationals left-hander Patrick Corbin (6-7, 5.40) beat the Padres in his last start, on July 7 in San Diego.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports