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
Major League Baseball teams have signed seven of the nine Sentinel coverage area players selected near the top of last week’s amateur draft. The First Academy’s Cash Case nearly doubled his expected signing bonus when the Cincinnati Reds inked the middle infielder to a reported $997,500 after taking him with the second pick (107th overall) in the fourth round. Fellow fourth-rounder Garrett Cave, who played at South Sumter and the University of Tampa, signed with the San Francisco Giants for the expected price tag of $417,200 as the 126th overall pick. TNXL Academy’s Ryan Dease was taken 134th overall in the fourth by the Texas Rangers. He signed for $340,000, nearly $46,000 less than slot value.
Clayton Kershaw seeks to become the major leagues' first 11-game winner when the Los Angeles Dodgers host the Colorado Rockies. Kershaw (10-2) is 6-0 in his last nine starts, winning three in a row. Homer Bailey returns from elbow surgery to make his season debut when the Cincinnati Reds face the Washington Nationals.