Soto, Nats end 8-game skid, rout virus-ravaged Giants 14-4
Juan Soto homered and the Washington Nationals hit a season-high 22 hits, ending an eight-game losing streak by beating the virus-ravaged San Francisco Giants 14-4 on Friday night.
Jason Vosler and Joey Bart homered for the Giants, who played without several regulars due to a COVID-19 outbreak.
San Francisco first baseman Brandon Belt and reliever Dominic Leone joined outfielder Mike Yastrzemski and reliever Zack Littell on the COVID-19 injured list ahead of the game. All four players are vaccinated and boosted. Giants outfielder Steven Duggar, currently on the 60-day injured list, also tested positive.
“We recognize that we’re going to be compromised roster-wise, but we’ve been compromised before,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “Come back tomorrow, do a very good job with our preparation and our practice and our preparation process for the match.”
Victor Robles went 4 for 5, leading in three runs and scoring three times. Josh Bell and Maikel Franco also had four hits while César Hernández and Alcides Escobar added three each.
“That was awesome,” Robles said through a translator. “You’re happy that your teammates are playing well, then they start cheering you on and giving you some momentum.”
The Nationals’ 14 runs were also the best of the season. Washington had scored just 16 total points in its eight-game skid.
Aaron Sanchez (1-1), who pitched for the Giants last season, allowed three runs in five innings.
“A great team win for sure,” Sanchez said. “The guys came up behind me and did their part. It was close there early, but they gave me a cushion to just go over there and attack the area.
Alex Wood (2-1) allowed five earned runs in five innings as San Francisco’s six-game winning streak over Washington came to an end.
San Francisco OF Jason Krizan made his major league debut after spending 11 seasons – and more than 1,100 games – in the minors. The 32-year-old started in left field and went 0 for 3 with a walk past his family present.
Due to the Giants’ COVID-19 outbreak, the team has decided to close its clubhouse to media and non-essential personnel throughout the weekend.
“We are concerned about the levels of contagiousness in the clubhouse,” said president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi. “We obviously really value our media and want access to it to be a priority and we just feel like that environment is not safe right now.”
Zaidi said the club consulted with Major League Baseball in making the decision.
“They worry about anything that can be perceived as restricting access,” he said. “They were sympathetic to the fact that we are now working in very specific circumstances where we believe there is really an increased risk of spread.”
Nationals: LHP Sean Doolittle (left elbow sprain) and RHP Hunter Harvey (right pronator strain) did not travel with the team, remaining in Washington to work with medical staff. Both were placed on the 10-day IL last week.
Giants: OF Joc Pederson was diagnosed with a Grade 1 adductor strain after leaving Wednesday’s game against Oakland. It is listed as day to day, although a change to IL may be required. … RHP Alex Cobb (right adductor strain) kicked off a two-inning parallel session on Thursday and could start Sunday’s series finale against Washington.
The Giants selected Krizan, OF Ka’ai Tom and RHP Mauricio Llovera from Triple-A Sacramento and released LHP Darien Núñez.
RHP Nationals Joan Adon (1-3, 6.98 ERA) will face San Francisco on Saturday. Adon gave up five runs in four innings against the Giants on Sunday in a 12-3 home loss. RHP Logan Webb (2-1, 2.96) leaves for San Francisco after limiting the Nationals to three runs in 6 2/3 innings in Sunday’s win.
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