On Sunday, the San Francisco Giants conclude a three-game series in the nation’s capital against the Washington Nationals.
San Francisco won the first game of the series on Friday 9-5. Not only did the Nationals lose the game, but they may have lost pitcher Stephen Strasburg for some time as the starter on Friday left with shoulder tightness after just two innings. The Giants received home runs from Gorkys Hernandez and Andrew McCutchen in the game. The Giants squandered a lead of 5-0 early in the game and were leading 6-5 when Pedro Sandoval, Evan Longoria and Hunter Pence each knocked in runs. Reye Moronta recorded two outs for the win to move to 2-0. Juan Soto hit a home run for Washington while Bryce Harper knocked in two runs with a single.
Brandon Crawford leads the Giants with a .327 batting average and team high 71 hits. Brandon Belt is the team leader in home runs with 11. Evan Longoria leads in RBIs with 32. San Francisco has a team batting average of .265 while opposing hitters are averaging .255 at the plate against Giants pitching. On Sunday, the Giants will send Derek Holland to the mound. The left-hander this season is 3-6 with an ERA of 4.91, 53 Ks and 25 BBs.
Trea Turner leads the Nats with a .258 batting average and team high 64 hits. Bryce Harper leads the team in home runs with 18 and RBIs with 42. Washington has a team batting average of .236 while opposing hitters are averaging .220 at the plate against Nationals pitching. On Sunday, Washington will send ace Max Scherzer to the mound. The veteran right-hander this season is 10-1 with an ERA of 1.95, 133 Ks and 19 BBs.