The National League’s number one offense overwhelmed Chad Kuhl in this one Tuesday night. Kuhl had a couple good moments throughout the early stages of the game, with the first inning concluding with a Bryce Harper pop out, followed by Ryan Zimmerman grounding into a double play. This happened after a lead off double by Trea Turner, and a single by Jayson Werth got the Nationals on the board first. Kuhl would throw a fastball at 99.5 MPH in the second inning while working out of a jam that started with Anthony Rendon leading off the inning with a double.
That would be the last highlight of the night for Chad Kuhl, as Zimmerman hit a two-run double with two outs against him the following inning. In the fourth, Kuhl hung a change up to Wilmer Difo, and Difo hit the ball out to left center field to make the score five to one. Kuhl would depart with two men on and nobody out in the top of the fifth inning, and his pitching line would be finalized when Daniel Hudson allowed one of the runners to score on the hit he allowed in his inning pitched in the ballgame.
The Pirates would get on the board two batters into the bottom of the first inning, when Josh Harrison would hit a two strike pitch from Stephen Strasburg, into the left field stands. The Pirates would not score again until the bottom of the seventh inning, when Zimmerman threw a ball away with the bases loaded on Jose Osuna‘s grounder to first. With two runs scoring on that play, the Pirates would get one more in that inning to cut the Nationals lead to two runs. The Nationals added two insurance runs on Bryce Harper’s two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning, to register the final score of the ballgame. The Pirates would threaten in the ninth, but ultimately go without scoring again in an eight to four loss to Washington.
John Jaso made the start in right field for the Pirates, with Gregory Polanco still out with the hamstring injury. Jaso would misplay one ball that allowed Michael Taylor to get a triple on a ball hit down the right field line, but he also made a couple of nice plays to make his defense in right field otherwise unnoticed on the night. Jaso doubled in the first inning against Strasburg while batting in the cleanup spot in the lineup, but otherwise did not have a very productive night at the plate for the Pirates.
With the loss, the Pirates dropped to 16-23 on the season, and the Nationals improved to 25-13. Tune in tomorrow night as Gerrit Cole takes the mound looking for his second win of the season.