Most people assumed it was to rest an ankle Puig said was gimpy after Saturday night’s game. Dave Roberts benched him, upset that he didn’t slide into second base on the caught-stealing that ended Saturday night’s game. A non-slide Puig said was due to feeling pain in his ankle.
LOS ANGELES — With two outs in the eighth inning on Sunday afternoon, Gorkys Hernandez took a swing and accidentally flung his bat right back to the mound. The fans booed as Clayton Kershaw, who had jumped out of the way, retrieved it. Look, nothing else has worked against this guy. This method didn’t, either. Hernandez struck out, giving Kershaw 200 on the year. He was his usual self, scattering eight Giants hits in eight innings and allowing just one run on a Mac Williamson dinger. The Giants lost 3-1, dropping the final series against the Dodgers. Kershaw is Kershaw. What are you going to do? For now, you can read more about this game!
The regular season is winding down and there is no drama in the nation’s capital. With a stranglehold on the National League East for the entire season, the Washington Nationals were the first team in baseball to earn a playoff spot and their division. Since June, the Nationals’ lead has been hovering around 20 games. Their record against the division is 44-26 with three NL East series forthcoming. Beyond that, positioning has not been a factor in the National League either. It was a near forgone conclusion that the Nationals were going to earn the No. 2 seed in the NL side of the postseason. There was a slight chance last week that Washington could pass the Los Angeles Dodgers with them losing