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Pittsburgh0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 041
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  W: J. Guerra (2-1)   L: T. Williams (5-6)
4:05 PM PT5:05 PM MT6:05 PM CT7:05 PM ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 PM MST6:05 PM EST6:35 PM VEN3:05 UAE (+1)6:05 PM CT, August 19, 2019
PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  Attendance: 11,284

Red-hot Nationals turn attention to Pirates

According to STATS
According to STATS

Washington Nationals at Pittsburgh Pirates

  1. Washington heads to Pittsburgh as these teams meet in their second and final series of the year, with the Pirates taking two of three from April 12-14. In that series, Colin Moran was 4-for-9 with five RBI, tied for the most RBI in a single series in his career.
  2. Saturday and Sunday against the Brewers, the Nationals scored a total of 30 runs, tied for the most in back-to-back games in franchise history (July 31-Aug. 1, 2018, vs. NYM). Their 12 home runs were the most by any MLB team in back-to-back games since they had 12 in 2012 (Sept. 4-5, vs. ChC).
  3. In Saturday's 2-0 loss to the Cubs, the Pirates had six plate appearances with the bases loaded, the most in a shutout loss since 1980 (also six, NYM at Hou).
  4. Over the weekend, Juan Soto scored the 150th run of his career and collected his 150th career RBI. At 20 years and 296 days old he became the second-youngest player all-time to reach those milestones (Mel Ott, 20 years and 109 days).
  5. Despite a 1-for-13 weekend, Bryan Reynolds is hitting .326 this season, on pace to be the highest batting average by a rookie since Mike Trout hit .326 in 2012 (min. 3.1 PA per team game).
  6. Patrick Corbin, scheduled to start Wednesday for the Nats, has a home ERA of 1.76 and road ERA of 5.13, giving him the third-largest difference among ERA qualifiers.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/19/2019 thru 8/22/2019
(AP Photo/Nick Wass)

The Washington Nationals and Pittsburgh Pirates might have to temper or at least channel some emotion as they open a four-game series Monday in Pittsburgh.

Both clubs are coming off some excitement.

Washington, which is 9-3 in its past 12 games and chasing a National League wild-card spot, has had a few recent wild affairs.

Wednesday, the Nationals beat Cincinnati 17-7.

Saturday, the Nationals came back from deficits of 5-0, 8-5, 12-11 and 13-12 before eventually falling to the Milwaukee Brewers 15-14 in 14 innings.

Sunday, Washington tied a team record by socking eight homers by six different players in a 16-8 win over the Brewers.

"The long game (Saturday), coming back and jumping on top of (the Brewers) early, that shows you what kind of team this really is," Washington manager Dave Martinez said. "They're relentless. They come out, they're ready to play."

The Pirates on Sunday played in the MLB Little League Classic and had an up-and-down day. After celebrating the Little League World Series and interacting with young players in Williamsport, Pa., they were manhandled by the Chicago Cubs 7-1.

What lingered was the spirit of the day.

"You come here and you see these kids that have gotten here -- to understand how good they are to get here, it's pretty amazing," Pirates shortstop Kevin Newman said.

Pittsburgh, in contrast to the youth teams in the championship tournament, has fallen out of playoff contention.

In the series opener Monday, Washington right-hander Joe Ross (3-3, 5.91 ERA) is scheduled to face Pittsburgh right-hander Trevor Williams (5-5, 5.25).

In his past three starts, Ross is 3-0 with a 0.50 ERA and 11 strikeouts. He has been stepping in for injured ace Max Scherzer.

Tuesday, he gave up one run and five hits in 6 2/3 innings in a 3-1 win at Cincinnati. That one run he gave up, in the seventh, ended a personal scoreless streak of 17 1/3 innings.

"You see him kind of getting that swagger, that confidence on the mound," Nationals second baseman Brian Dozier told the Nationals' official website. "He's doing what he's supposed to do, which is really cool when somebody kind of gets that."

Ross, in his first full season coming off Tommy John surgery, had a 9.85 ERA at the end of July after moving around from starter to reliever, the major leagues to Triple-A Fresno.

"I guess it's just more timing than anything," Ross said of his turnaround, according to the team website. "I wouldn't say I ever really doubt myself, but with Max being out -- and hopefully he'll come back soon; I'm not sure exactly what he's planned for -- but I mean (having good outings has) been good for us. We're in a tight race."

Scherzer in on track to return and start the series finale Thursday.

Ross is 1-1 with a 2.81 ERA in three career starts against Pittsburgh.

Williams, meanwhile, has been inconsistent. He is 2-3 in his past five starts.

Tuesday against the Angels, he picked up a win despite giving up five runs, seven hits and five walks in five innings as Pittsburgh scored a 10-7 comeback win.

Williams is 1-1 with a 3.06 ERA in four career appearances, three of them starts, against the Nationals.

--Field Level Media

Updated August 19, 2019

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