Machado sprained his knee while taking an awkward swing against the New York Yankees on Aug. 11. He crumpled in the batter’s box, limped off the field and was on crutches after the game.
Tim Hudson and four relievers quieted bats of the Nationals, who apparently don’t have an inexhaustible supply of comeback wins and last-at-bat heroics. During their success streak, Washington had seven one-run victories, five come-from-behind wins and five walk-offs.
Five of Washington’s last six wins have come in its final at-bat of the game, and the streak is tied for the franchise record. Kansas City is the only other team to win 10 consecutive games this year.
Joshua Houston had a clutch two-run single, reliever Cameron Bufford pitched a tense scoreless sixth inning, and Chicago held off gritty Philadelphia 6-5 on Thursday night in a matchup of inner-city teams at the Little League World Series.
While the Redskins pass time by playing out the NFL’s pretend portion of the football schedule, the Nationals have captured Washington’s attention by winning. Winning every game. Winning games that they seemed intent on losing, in the nightly drama that has played out at Nationals Park.
The Nationals third baseman is still without a timetable to return, but he did take a step forward on Thursday in throwing for the first time in his recovery.
According to one statistic, Fister works faster than all but four major league pitchers, keeping opposing batters on edge and the defense on its toes.
The Nationals’ ninth straight victory came in familiar fashion: Another dramatic, walk-off win, punctuated by Anthony Rendon’s pinch-hit single.
The Washington Nationals won their ninth straight game when pinch-hitter Anthony Rendon singled home Bryce Harper in the ninth inning Wednesday night for a victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Dallan Cave and Brennan Holligan hit two-run homers, lefty reliever Austin Kryszczuk got out of two big jams, and Las Vegas beat Philadelphia and star pitcher Mo’ne Davis in the Little League World Series on Wednesday night.
There is no replacing Ryan Zimmerman, of course, but so far Cabrera has done more than enough to justify his acquisition. He has helped deepen the Nats’ lineup while also adding sound defense at second base.
Schilling is being treated at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He received seven weeks of chemotherapy and radiation treatments and is in remission. He says he’s lost 75 pounds.