Chimney Sweep

Washington Nationals sweep three-game set with San Francisco Giants with 4-1 win in finale…

Joe Rosswho began the Washington Nationals' road trip with a 9.85 ERA in 19 games, one start and 24 2⁄3 innings pitched this season, was scoreless through 11 1⁄3 after going six innings on the mound in the series finale with San Francisco's Giants at Oracle Park.

Ross held the Giants to two walks and three hits in the scoreless appearance and threw 99 pitches, including 59 strikes, which ultimately led to a 4-1 victory that gave the Nationals a sweep of the three-game set in the City blessed bay.

Horse against the Giants: Joe Ross He walked five batters last time out but held the Arizona D-Backs from the field for over 5 1⁄3 IP and allowed just one hit in a 3-0 win at Chase Field.

In two starts prior to today in 2019, the 26-year-old right-hander was (1-1) batting .237/.356/.316 with a 2.53 ERA, seven walks, nine strikeouts and a line in 10 1⁄3 IP , after struggling in a backup role earlier in the season and being sent to the ground and stretched out.

To build on his performance against the Diamondbacks, Ross appeared today against the Giants in the series finale in San Francisco, throwing four scoreless throws on 61 pitches, working to a 4-0 lead and limiting the home team to one hit and a walk.

Kevin Pillar And Brandon Crawford hit back-to-back singles against Ross in the first two pitches of the fifth. Pillar went to third on a one-out fly ball up the middle Brandon Beltand a two-out walk to Austin Slater preloaded the bases Mike Yastrzemskiwhich popped out just to the right and secured third in Ross' fifth scoreless frame.

A 13-pitch, 1-2-3 sixth capped Ross' outing, leaving him with 99 total pitches and a total of 11 1⁄3 scoreless innings on the mound in two starts on the Nationals' road trip…

Joe Ross's line: 6.0 IP, 3H, 0R, 0ER, 2BB, 5KS, 99P, 59S, 5/5GO/FO.

Anderson vs. the Nats: Shaun AndersonThe 24-year-old was actually drafted in the 40th round in 2013 by the Nats but didn't sign, and he was eventually drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 2016, signed, and then traded to the Giants in July 2017 in a deal for Eduardo Nunez.

Anderson was called up to make his MLB debut in mid-May, and heading into today's series finale against the Nationals at Oracle Park, the right-hander (3-3) had made 15 starts, posting a 5.08 ERA, 28 walks, 53 Ks, 11 HRs allowed and a .293/.353/.467 line against it in 79 2⁄3 IP.

Two hits in a row Trea Turner And Adam Eaton started Anderson's first career game against the Nationals, and both runners moved up by one Anthony Rendon Groundout to second before Turner hit an RBI groundout from Juan Soto1-0.

Eaton hit a single to start the top of the third inning and Juan Soto went down with one before Gerardo Parra hit an 0-1 fastball the other way for a three-run home run that made the Nationals 4-0. Parras 7th, doo doo doo doo doo doo doo.

Shaun Anderson's line: 3.0 IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 2KS, 1HR, 66P, 39S, 4/1 GO/FO.

Power on + JuOn SotOBP: Before today's game, the leader of the Nationals Trea Turner had a 15-game on-base streak in which he was 20 for 62 (.323/.400/.548) with three doubles, one triple, three home runs, six RBIs, eight walks and 12 runs scored 15 games.

Turner extended his streak to 16 in a row with a runaway single in the first at-bat of the game and scored the Nationals' only run in the first inning.

Juan Soto came into the finale at Oracle Park with a 13-game on-base streak in which he was 12 for 46 (.261/.417/.565) with two doubles, four home runs and 13 walks.

Soto successfully singled out Giants right winger Shaun Anderson the first time around and managed a 14-game streak on base the second time around.

BULLPEN ACTION: Andrew Suarezan unsigned 2014 second-round pick of the Nationals took the mound for the Giants in the fourth round and allowed back-to-back 2-out hits Turner and Eaton, who were 5-6 overall at the time. Suarez scored Anthony Rendon to load the bases with two outs*, but got out of the jam when Steven Duggar made a diving catch in the gap in right-center to rob Juan Soto of additional bases. Still 4-0 Nats.

Suarez was eliminated from the Nationals in the fifth game of the series.

Sam Coonrod came into the game at the start of the sixth for the Giants, with the score still 4-0 in favor of the Nats, and eliminated the Nationals in order.

[ed. note: * = Anthony Rendon left the game with a sore toe a couple innings after he was hit by a pitch in the fourth. He stayed in through the top of the fifth before leaving.”]

Tanner Rainey took over for Joe Ross in the bottom of the seventh and moved the side back in order in a 16-pitch frame.

Williams Jerez worked around a single by Asdrúbal Cabrera to secure a scoreless eighth-quarter lead.

Hiking serum reached the round of 16 for the Nationals and earned a two-out single by Buster Posey and a double by Evan Longoria in a scoreless 26-pitch frame.

Reyes Moronta gave up a one-out double to center off a pinch hitter Andrew Stevenson in the bottom of the ninth, but failed as the only runner to reach base.

Daniel Hudson Scored the ninth for the Nationals, 4-0, hitting Kevin Pillar with one out before getting an RBI double to right-center from Brandon Crawford, 4-1.

That's all the Giants have. Ball game.

Final result: 4-1 Nats.

Nationals now 61-53

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