Adon and Robles help Nats get double sweep of D-backs | Radio WGN 720
WASHINGTON (AP) Joan Adon became the first Nationals starter to go six innings in 2022, throwing 6 1/3 scoreless on Tuesday night to help Washington beat the Arizona Diamondbacks without a punch 1-0 and sweep a double.
Adon (1-2), a 23-year-old right-hander in his fourth major league appearance, allowed three hits and walked two while striking out five. He never allowed a runner to reach third base.
In Game 1, played before a reported record crowd of 9,261 at Nationals Park, Victor Robles – who started the season 0 for 18 and was batting .045 in 2022 when he took to the plate to face starter Arizona Madison Bumgarner — Delivered an RBI double for Washington’s first hit in the fifth, sending the hosts on the way to a 6-1 victory.
Robles also played a key role in Game 2, scoring to lead in the sixth against starter Tyler Gilbert (0-1) before coming back to score the only point on a Cesar Hernandez brace.
Gilbert, called up Tuesday from Triple-A Reno to make his seventh major league start, was nearly as good as Adon, allowing one run and three hits in 5 2/3 innings.
The Diamondbacks entered with major league lows in batting average (.152) and points (21), and the sweep dropped their record to 3-8. They average two points per game.
In game two, Robles got a two-strike left-hander single and Lucius Fox scored a sacrificial bunt that Gilbert lined up cleanly, but first baseman Christian Walker gave up the pitch for an error. Walker’s vision may have been obstructed by Fox’s red helmet, which came off and was thrown by one of his feet as he ran for the bag, ultimately leaving Walker with a nosebleed. .
Hernandez’s double at the base of the left wall brought Robles home.
That was enough for Washington, who got the last eight outs of his bullpen — but not without some trouble in the ninth. Tanner Rainey put the first three batters on board via a walk and two singles, then retired the next three for his third save.
In Game 1, Josiah Gray (2-1) went 5 1/3 innings for Washington, allowing just one run and three hits with eight strikeouts. Nationals manager Dave Martinez replaced him with left-hander Sean Doolittle with two left-handed hitters expected in the sixth.
“He wants to go further in games, but when you’re in the fifth inning with like 80 pitches already, I thought that was it for him,” Martinez said of Gray, one of Washington’s top prospects. received in the trade that sent Max Scherzer and Trea Turner to the Los Angeles Dodgers in July. “I wanted him to feel good about himself – and he did.”
Gray’s take on withdrawal?
“I never really want the ball taken away from me,” he said, “but I understood the situation.”
Daulton Varsho produced the Diamondbacks’ only run on an 18-inning day by driving a 94-mph first-pitch fastball from Gray to center immediately in the third.
Bumgarner (0-1) allowed two unearned runs and two hits in five innings. He walked four and struck out five.
The southpaw sniffed out the first two batters of the fifth, but that’s when Arizona crumbled, starting with a defensive error on a blustery afternoon in which towels flew bleachers and littered the outfield grass: second baseman Ketel Marte didn’t hold back a popup that should have been third.
That brought in hitter No. 9 Robles. Bumgarner let a two strike over the plate and Robles hit it to the left field line to tie the game.
“I don’t focus on my personal numbers at all,” said Robles, who drove in a two-run single on Sunday to push his 0.000 average. “As long as I feel good and the team wins, that’s all that matters.”
Hernandez followed with an RBI brace.
NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE
Other than in 2020 and 2021, when there were spectator limits due to the coronavirus pandemic, Game 1 attendance was the fewest fans announced for a Nationals home game since the team moved. in Washington from Montreal for the 2005 season.
The previous low was 10,999 for a game against Houston in September 2010.
The Nationals give the number of tickets sold, not the number of people who are actually in the stadium. There appeared to be less than the official total on a gray day with temperatures in the 40s and two teams starting the day in last place.
The announced crowd for Game 2 was 11,720.
LET’S PLAY FOR TWO
Rain washed away the series opener on Monday, leading to the first doubleheader of baseball’s nascent season (the Giants and Mets tossed another rain-created twinbill later Tuesday) — and the first involving games of nine innings since Sept. 28, 2019. Major League Baseball used seven-inning doubleheaders as part of rule changes amid the pandemic, but restored full games for 2022.
Arizona claimed RHP Jacob Webb from the Braves and opted for Triple-A Reno. The Diamondbacks also nominated OF Stuart Fairchild for assignment.
DOO’S STREAK OVER
Doolittle’s streak of back-to-back strikeouts on every batter he faced to start the season ended at 15 when No. 16 Seth Beer doubled him in the sixth of Game 1.
Arizona RHP Merrill Kelly (0-0, 0.00 ERA) takes on Washington RHP Erick Fedde (1-0, 3.60) on Wednesday.
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