Wednesday’s Game Report: Nationals 3, Cardinals 0
By Rob Rains
A steady rain cooled off the Cardinals’ bats on Wednesday, bringing an end to their four-game winning streak.
Trevor Williams and three Nationals relievers shut out the Cardinals on seven hits after they had scored a combined 30 runs in their previous four games.
Miles Mikolas was the tough-luck loser, giving up only two runs over seven innings in the game in Washington, D.C.
Here is how Wednesday’s game broke down:
At the plate: The Cardinals could not get the big hit when they needed it, going 0-of-6 with runners in scoring position and leaving seven runners on base as they were shut out for the first time since May 29 … Their best scoring chance came in the sixth when Lars Nootbaar led off with a single and Nolan Arenado walked. A ground ball moved the runners to second and third, but Nolan Gorman struck out and Dylan Carlson grounded out … Gorman snapped an 0-of-26 streak with an infield single in the ninth … Brendon Donavan was 1-of-3 to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.
On the mound: Mikolas gave up only a pair of infield singles before ninth-place hitter C.J. Abrams broke up the scoreless game with a home run into the Cardinals’ bullpen with two outs in the fifth. Back-to-back doubles in the sixth gave the Nationals their second run … Their final run scored when Andre Pallante gave up a leadoff double in the eighth and threw a wild pitch before an RBI groundout.
Key stat: This was the fourth time in 18 games in June that the Cardinals failed to hit a home run. They are 5-20 this season when they fail to hit at least one home run.
Worth noting: Jordan Walker, riding a career-high 13-game hitting streak, did not play in the game as manager Oli Marmol said Walker had been slowed because of a cold. He was removed from Tuesday night’s game after three at-bats … The Cardinals took a three-man taxi squad with them for the two-game trip to London, catcher Ivan Herrera and relievers JoJo Romero and James Naile, in case they have to make a roster move before one of the two games.
Looking ahead: After the long flight to London, the Cardinals will have Thursday off before a team workout on Friday. Adam Wainwright will get the start in Saturday’s game against the Cubs, set to begin at 12:10 p.m. St. Louis time, with Jack Flaherty the scheduled starter for Sunday’s 9:10 a.m. game (St. Louis time).
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