Saturday, December 03, 2022

Nationals allow 29 runs in spring game against Cardinals

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. ( Associated Press) – Washington Nationals fans have reason to doubt that 2022 will be their year. They got another 29 of them on Wednesday.

The pitchers Anibal Sanchez and Cade Cavalli each allowed 10 runs while the Nationals in a spring practice game 29-8 through the St.

“Things just got a little out of hand,” Washington Dave Martinez said. “They had a few hits where they had the magic wand today.”

The Cardinals scored 15 times in the eighth innings, a barrage that started against Cavalli.

St. Louis has never scored more than 12 runs in an innings during a regular-season game. The outburst was so mind-boggling that when Washington’s Gilbert Lara hit a three-run homer in the bottom half of the eighth, the scoreboard operator briefly awarded the runs to the Cardinals – perhaps out of muscle memory.

Home runs by Paul DeJong, Paul Goldschmidt and Yadier Molina were under St. Louis’s 26 shots.

Over 131 years in the National League, the Cardinals’ regular season record is 28 runs in a game, against Philadelphia in 1929. Records dating back to 1996 show their spring practice high at 18 runs.

Hope is not particularly high in Washington a year after franchises Max Scherzer, Trea Turner and Kyle Schwarber traded before the trade deadline. However, no one sees this kind of loss coming.

Sanchez allowed 10 runs on 12 shots and one step over four overs. In the second innings, the 38-year-old threw so many fields that Martinez removed him, only to have him re-enter the game the next innings.

“I threw about 90 fields, and I’m still healthy,” Sanchez said. “So this is a good thing now. I’m just working on being ahead in the score. I do not want to be afraid of everything that happened today and try to be in the strike zone. “

Cavalli, Washington’s leading prospect, managed to remain optimistic after allowing 11 runs, 10 rebounds, in 2 1/3 overs.

“I fought and I lost today,” Cavalli said. “I’m going to keep my head up. I will learn from it, work, and everything will be fine. ”

Sanchez and Cavalli are considered for last place in Washington’s rotation.

In Sanchez’s only other Grapefruit League header, he scored 2 1/3 countless innings, walked two and hit three without giving up a stroke.

Cavalli, who was also able to pick up the team as a reliever, allowed three earned runs in six overs over two spring appearances while hitting nine.

“Once you see where the game is going, it’s more about getting their ups and downs, getting their pitch count there, and building for their next start,” Martinez said.

Both throwers are expected to start making another one before Washington breaks camp.


Stephen Strasburg threw his first bullpen into what Martinez called “a while” before Wednesday’s game.

Strasburg returns from surgery to treat thoracic discharge syndrome.

“We went back a little bit because he felt his mechanics were down,” Martinez said. “We wanted to hold him back a bit so that he felt right. But he was good today. “

Strasburg included a full windup in its delivery on Wednesday. The 2019 World Series MVP has been off the field since 2017.

“He’s trying to get more out of his bottom half,” Martinez said.

Strasburg’s next outing will also be in the bullpen. There is no timetable for the right hand to appear in a major league match.


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