Nationals Hit 4 Home Runs, Shutout Pirates 13-0

Williams goes two innings and gives up 8 runs (6 earned)

Matt Harkins
August 19, 2019 - 11:27 pm

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - The Washington Nationals hit three home runs in the first two innings off of Pittsburgh Pirates Starting Pitcher Trevor Williams as the Nationals go on to win game one of the 4-game series 13-0 Monday night.

Williams was never able to find a rhythm as the Nationals hitters' seemed to be locked in on every pitch he threw over his two innings of work. The Nationals lineup was not just locked in tonight, they have been locked in for the past 5 games as they have put up 62 runs in those contests.

"You said it right, there's no question that they're a great lineup, they've been on a great run right now, they're fighting for not only the NL East title, but they're also fighting for a Wild Card spot," said Williams. "When you get a team that's on a run like that, and you know it's one of those starts where obviously it went really bad and the mistakes got amplified, however, the team's on a really great run right now, they're just playing really good baseball."

The final line for Williams Monday night was 2 innings pitched and gave up 6 hits, 8 runs (6 earned runs), 3 home runs, 3 walks and struck out 1 on 64 pitches (35 strikes).

After scoring 24 runs in the series against the Angels in Los Angeles, the Pirates offense has been stuck in neutral the past four games and has scored only 1 run in the past three.  That was the solo home run by Starling Marte in the 9th inning Sunday night in Williamsport.

When the team is in a stretch like the Pirates have been in since the All Star Break, what can a Manager and Coaches say to the team as a whole or indiviually to snap out of it.

"First of all, we have conversations periodically, so we try and provide a maintenance for the grind of a season," said Manager Clint Hurdle. "We spoke to the team today, so what you don't do, you don't speak to your team 4 times a day, you don't speak to them before the game, after the game, you just don't. I don't think any of us like to be harped upon, we remind them when we think things are appropriate, especially game appropriate. Best served, the best way that I found to go about this is you pull them off individually and have conversations with them individually, it has much more meaning and much more purpose that way."

In the race for the National League batting title, Pirates Outfielder Bryan Reynolds went 1 for 3 with a double and his average is now .326, which has him in 4th place behind Christian Yelich (.335), Jeff McNeil (.332) and Charlie Blackmon (.327).

On the injury front, Pirates Catcher Elias Diaz was removed from the game in the 4th inning as a precaution after being hit in the facemask and was checked out after the game Monday night and will also be checked out again on Tuesday.

The Pirates take on the Nationals in game two of this series Tuesday night when they send Chris Archer (3-9, 5.23 ERA) to the mound against Stephen Strasburg (15-5, 3.82 ERA) at PNC Park at 7:05 pm.

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