One night after a hard-fought, come-from-behind, walk-off win over the Cincinnati Reds, the Washington Nationals won a laugher, taking the second game of three in Nationals Park by a score of 18-3 on Saturday afternoon. The NL East-leading Nats collected 19 hits and scored 18 runs in their second straight win over the Reds, with everyone pitching in. Trea Turner and Michael A. Taylor’s contributions stood out from the rest, with the Nationals’ 24-year-old shortstop going 5 for 5 on the day with a walk and four runs, and the 26-year-old outfielder going 4 for 5 with a double, two home runs, and four runs scored. Turner’s five-hit game and free pass took him from a .262/.297/.413 line on the year
The day after watching his .500-ish team get shut out again, and as the growing pains continued for his young hitters, Cubs manager Joe Maddon benched the self-proclaimed greatest leadoff guy of all-time. “I’m hoping Jon Jay goes 5-for-5 today,” Anthony Rizzo said before Saturday’s 5-3 win at Marlins Park. In the middle of a stretch where the Cubs will play 17 days in a row, Maddon figured he would give Rizzo a break against a Miami lefty (Justin Nicolino) instead of Sunday’s right-handed starter (Edinson Volquez). An added bonus: The All-Star first baseman grew up in South Florida and has a home and family here and reigning National League MVP Kris Bryant is comfortable in the other corner-infield spot.
Nationals/MLB | Perspective In Drew Storen’s mind, when he headed out Friday evening to the bullpen beyond right field — no, excuse me left field — at Nationals Park, he brought with him only his cap and his glove. He did not have the ignominy of Pete Kozma in his back pocket, nor the second-guessing about Buster Posey up his sleeve, nor the rerun of Yoenis Cespedes’s line drives rolling as he studied video. We can wish he carries all that with him, and some of us do. To survive in his chosen profession, he can’t. Storen’s last pitch for the Washington Nationals came Sept. 9, 2015. A player who once represented part of the core here — part of division winners in 2012 and 2014 — is with his third