Nationals Send Nine Batters To Plate Twice, Defeat Pirates 11-1

Nationals send nine batters to the plate in 3rd and 8th innings

Matt Harkins
August 21, 2019 - 11:18 pm

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - The Washington Nationals offense, despite scoring only one run Tuesday night, remains hot as they defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-1 Wednesday night at PNC Park.

After a scoreless first two innings of the game, the Nationals would send nine batters to the plate in the 3rd inning and scored six runs to take the 6-0 lead against Starting Pitcher Joe Musgrove and the Pirates.

"The challenges all came in one inning (for Joe)," said Manager Clint Hurdle. "Very aggressive play on the bunt which he had an out and his foot slipped, throws wild. Had a chance to pick that up because we got the groundball to third off Turner, then after that it was pitch execution early, he got jumped by Eaton, he got jumped by Rendon, got stretched out on the walk and then got into a 3-2 push count and got a fastball into the middle of the plate to Cabrera, 6 runs."

Pirates Starting Pitcher Joe Musgrove said he didn't feel like he had all his pitches working at full strength from the start tonight and felt like he had to battle to get through the five innings.

"I didn't really have great stuff tonight from the bullpen all the way out to the 5th inning," said Musgrove. "Had a lot of trouble getting the extension, so I had stuff going to righties and that kind of sets up everything for me, allows my slider to play better, the cutter to play better, so I felt like I was working with half the weapons tonight. But, I was battling man, I made some good pitches that inning, the Eaton double that was a good pitch, the Rendon 2-RBI was I thought a good pitch and then I made some poor pitches, the homer was the most painful pitch of the night. It was one of those nights where I didn't have my stuff and I was battling best I could."

The final line for Musgrove Wednesday night was 5 innings pitched and gave up 7 hits, 6 runs (5 earned), a home run, walked two and struck out 1 on 84 pitches (58 strikes).

Washington would add some insurance as they would again send nine batters to the plate again in the 8th inning as they added three runs off of Pirates Relief Pitcher Parker Markel.

Nationals Starting Pitcher Patrick Corbin held down the Pirates offense through his 8 shutout innings Tuesday night as he only allowed five batters to reach base against him.

"He threw the ball well, kind of throttled his fastball up and back, kind of ranged from like 90 to 94," said First Baseman Josh Bell. "And each one kind of had different varies of sink, so it was just kind of tough to cover on the outer half."

Since the All Star Break, the Pirates are now 8-29 and what kind of effect has that had on the clubhouse as they continue to try and break out of this losing stretch and finish the season strong heading into the off-season.

"I feel like as a clubhouse we're all just as closely knit as you know we were in the early parts of the year," said Bell. "We're all still having a blast, this is the big leagues, this is what dreams are made of for the most part for the guys. It gets tough when you get part of losing streaks and losing parts of the season, but for the most part I feel like this is all still a dream, so just got to keep it positive."

The Pirates and Nationals close out the 4-game series as Steven Brault (3-2, 4.06 ERA) for Pittsburgh against a still To Be Announced Pitcher for Washington.

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