Do you already have a favorite Joey Meneses moment? Was it when he homered in his major league debut, when the Washington Nationals had just traded Juan Soto and you had never heard of this 30-year-old rookie from Culiacán, Mexico? Was it his inside-the-parker against the Miami Marlins, watching him chug around third with heavy legs before crossing home with that sly smile on his face? Was it his walk-off shot against the Oakland Athletics? Was it earlier that week, when he punched four doubles in the same game? Was it on Wednesday afternoon in Atlanta, once Meneses crushed a second-deck homer that delivered a win and could have material effects on the National League East race. Or maybe your favorite moment is right now, realizing it's - [checks notes] late September - and Meneses is still hitting, his batting average still .328, his on-base-plus-slugging percentage still .927 and home run total at 10 in 43 games. Maybe that's it. "I can't say enough about what Joey's been … [Read more...] about Joey Meneses? Joey Meneses!
CJ Abrams capped a three-hit night Wednesday with a walk-off single into right field, scoring Alex Call and lifting the Washington Nationals to a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves. It was the first walk-off hit for the rookie, whose night was one of peaks and valleys. Just two innings earlier, in a 2-2 game, the shortstop committed a cardinal baseball sin: He failed to run out a groundball leading off the bottom of the eighth. And even when the throw pulled first baseman Matt Olson off the bag, Abrams was still out after Olson lunged for the base and beat Abrams by a half-step. Had Abrams been running at full speed, he would have easily beaten A.J. Minter's throw. "That can't happen," Abrams said. "I talked to [Manager Dave Martinez] about it. Won't happen again, for sure." He redeemed himself in extra innings and put a dent in the Braves' push for the National League East title. With two outs and runners on second and third, Abrams pounced on a change-up from Braves reliever … [Read more...] about CJ Abrams’s up-and-down night ends with a walk-off hit and a Nats win
WASHINGTON - The Washington Nationals' final home game of the 2022 season looked a lot like their first one - a dreary, rainy day with Patrick Corbin on the mound. When Corbin pitched Opening Day, the Nationals hoped he could rediscover the version they signed to a six-year, $140 million contract in December 2018. By the time he left the mound Sunday afternoon, after 4 2/3 innings, a few fans in the upper deck who stayed through the weather booed him in another lost season. Corbin slogged through Sunday's 8-1 loss against the Philadelphia Phillies, allowing seven runs on 10 hits to move his ERA up to 6.31. The game lasted six innings before it was called with conditions getting worse. "The cleats were just kind of filling up a little bit and just felt really rotational today," Corbin said. "But just tough on both sides, but it is what it is." Washington earned its 104th loss - the most since the team moved to D.C. - and finished a dismal 26-55 at home this year. And Corbin … [Read more...] about Nationals’ home schedule ends with another clunker from Patrick Corbin
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Albert Pujols seemed like a long shot in early August to reach 700 home runs, still more than a dozen swings from the hallowed mark and his power stroke all but gone. Or so it appeared. Now showing the pop of his youth in the final weeks of his career, the 42-year-old slugger got there with two long shots. Pujols hit his 700th home run, connecting for his second drive of the game and becoming the fourth player in major league history to make it to the milestone as the St. Louis Cardinals routed the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-0 Friday night. Pujols joined Barry Bonds (762 homers), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714) in one of baseball’s most exclusive clubs. This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 12 “Don’t get me wrong, I know where my places stand in this game, but since Day One when I made my debut, I was never about numbers, never about chasing … [Read more...] about Barry Bonds gets some new company in the 700 Home Run Club