The Washington Nationals lost their opening game to the San Diego Padres 7-3 last night, in large part to a bad start from Livan Hernandez.
In a pitchers park, Hernandez allowed nine hits and six earned runs in 5.1 innings of work. While he only gave up one free pass, it seemed the punchless Padres were all over him from the start.
The Nationals actually hit pretty well despite the loss. The tallied 10 hits and four walks but only converted that into three runs. Mike Morse continued his hot steak, going 2 for 4 and is now batting .301.
For the Padres, Anthony Rizzo went 1-2 in his debut with a triple and two walks in his Major League debut. He also got punched out looking on a great Livan Hernandez fastball.
In other news, Danny Espinosa’s hand is fine he says, however the second baseman through he broke it when he was hit by a pitch Wednesday night against the Giants. The rookie second baseman was called out on the pitch the umpires claimed Espinosa swung at. This is good news, because Espinosa is not a player the Nats can afford to lose.
Off the field, it looks like the Washington Nationals are interested in utility man Bill Hall. The 31-year-old was released by the Houston Astros after hitting just .224/.272/.340 this season, but he did hit .270/.345/.553 with 35 home runs in 2006…
The Nationals are reportedly looking into some vulgar comments made by the team’s 15th round pick this year, Zach Houchins. The 18-year-old reportedly made some very distasteful comments on his Twitter account, which he has now deleted. They can be read here however.
Dylan Bundy, a prospect drafted by the Orioles this week, said that he would hit Bryce Harper four times if he blew a kiss at him. Bundy better realize quick that the Nats and O’s have a FRIENDLY rivalry, or he will not be popular in the DMV.