Corbin, Rendon, and bullpen lead Nationals to a 2-1 win against Brewers; recap: 8/16/19
The Washington Nationals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1, giving the Nationals a 66-55 record. Patrick Corbin threw six outstanding innings that yielded in seven hits, one run, four walks, and eight strikeouts. Daniel Hudson, Hunter Strickland, and a rested Sean Doolittle provided excellent relief in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings, with Doolittle earning his 28th save. Also of note, Trea Turner got his 1500th career stolen base.
The run support came small, easy, and clean tonight. In the third and eighth innings, Anthony Rendon hit an RBI single to score Turner. The Brewers' only run was an Orlando Arcia home run in the third inning; Corbin and the bullpen successfully kept the Brewers from scoring even more runs, even in tight situations such as bases loaded, runners in scoring position, and runners at the corners. All in all, this series opener was quick, clean, and exactly what the Nationals needed following a rough patch and a grand sweep.
Tomorrow, Anibal Sanchez will start against Jordan Lyles. Max Scherzer will pitch another simulated game to build up endurance, so fans will not see him back on the mound until at least next week. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.