Nats Drop Mariners Series Finale but Take Series Over Padres

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Photo: @Nationals

By Michael Marzzacco

I was out of town over the weekend for a friend’s bachelor party and Matt was celebrating Maryland lacrosse’s national title success. Here’s a look back at this past weekend. We’ll have the Memorial Day game in a separate article so we can break down all the chaos that happened there.

THURSDAY
Anthony Rendon homered for the third consecutive game but this time the Nationals fell to the Mariners 4-2 in a Thursday matinee at Nats Park. Rendon’s homer came in the fifth inning over the left field wall. It was his fourth home run in three games and his ninth total round tripper of the season. Seven of his nine home runs and 19 of his 32 RBI’s this season came in four-game stretches.

The Nats went up 2-0 on a Jayson Werth RBI single.

The Nationals surrendered that lead in the sixth with a three-run bomb by Nelson Cruz off of reliever Jacob Turner and the Mariners would never look back. Seattle tacked on another run in the seventh with an RBI single by Robinson Cano.

FRIDAY

Chris Speier was the interim manager of this weekend’s series due to Dusty Baker attending his son’s high school graduation.
Max Scherzer pitched a gem as the Nationals took the series opener against the Padres 5-1, striking out 13 hitters. It was his 53rd career 10+-strikeout game and his third in the month of May.

Trea Turner belted his fifth home run of the season in the first with a solo shot to straightaway center.

In the fourth the Padres got a run but the Nats answered in the bottom of that frame. Michael Taylor belted a two-run shot to the red seats in center field that put the Nats up 3-1. In the seventh, Bryce Harper hit a two-run moonshot to the upper deck in right field for his 15th of the season.

SATURDAY
The day started with the Nats holding a little league clinch. Bryce Harper had a Q and A with the kiddos and gave them his take on participation trophies.

Here are more scenes from the event:

It was Star Wars Day at the yard:

The Nationals took the second game of the weekend set 3-0 as Stephen Strasburg pitched a career high 15 strikeouts in seven innings.

The Nats got their first run in the bottom of the third with a fielder’s choice. In the sixth, Michael Taylor homered for the second straight game for his fourth of the season.

SUNDAY
The Nats dropped the series finale 5-3. The ballgame began with a rain delay that lasted for an hour and 15 minutes. The Padres struck first with a two-run home run by Ryan Schimpf while the Nats answered in the bottom of that inning with a bases loaded RBI fielder’s choice by Adam Lind that scored Trea Turner.

The Padres got a run back in the second but the Nats closed the deficit to one run with an RBI single by Brian Goodwin. San Diego answered in the fifth with a two-RBI single by Chase d’Arnaud. The Nats scored their third and final run with an RBI double by Adam Lind in the fifth that scored Ryan Zimmerman.

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