Nationals get shutout by Twins, Recap 9/10/19

The Washington Nationals were shutout by the Minnesota Twins 5-0 in the three-game series opener from Target Field on Tuesday night. The Nationals record now stands at 79-64 as they’re 9.5 games out of first place in the NL East and two games ahead of the Chicago Cubs in the NL Wild Card. 

Anibal Sanchez took the loss for the Nationals but had an okay start allowing two earned runs on four hits while striking out five in seven innings. His record falls to 8-8. 

The game was scoreless until the seventh inning when Mitch Garver hit a two-run shot for his 30th of the season. The Twins added to their lead with three more runs in the eighth from a two-run double by Jorge Polanco that scored Jonathan Schoop and Luis Arraez as well as a sacrifice fly by Ehire Adrianza that scored Jorge Polanco. 

It was a frustrating day for the Nats bats at the plate as they could only muster two hits. Those were by Howie Kendrick and Trea Turner. 

The Nationals and Twins continue their series with the second game of the three-game set on Wednesday night. First pitch is at 7:40 p.m. Stephen Strasburg will take the mound for the Nationals. 

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