Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Washington0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 360
San Diego0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 130
  W: C. Edwards Jr. (5-3)   L: Y. Darvish (10-7)   S: K. Finnegan (6)
6:40 PM PT7:40 PM MT8:40 PM CT9:40 PM ET21:40 ET1:40 GMT9:40 6:40 PM MST8:40 PM EST9:10 PM VEN5:40 UAE (+1)7:40 PM CT, August 18, 2022
Petco Park, San Diego, California  Attendance: 41,820

Padres hope to feast on inferior Nationals

According to STATS
According to STATS

Washington Nationals at San Diego Padres

  1. The Padres took two of three from the Nationals over the weekend, giving them consecutive series wins over the Nats for the first time since 2009-10. Washington has won or tied each of the last 10 series between these clubs at Petco Park after losing each of the first six.
  2. The Nationals are more than 40 games under .500 for the first time since 2009. The 119 games that it took them to lose 80 games are the second fewest in any season in franchise history, as the expansion 1969 Expos were 37-80 through 117 contests.
  3. Joey Meneses's 11-game hit streak is the longest by any Nationals rookie in the last 10 seasons (since 2013). His five home runs this month are tied with Vinnie Pasquantino for the most among rookies.
  4. San Diego lost 3-0 and 4-3 in its first two games in Miami before winning 10-3 yesterday. Since former Nationals Josh Bell and Juan Soto debuted on August 3, the Padres are 6-0 when scoring more than three runs compared to 0-8 otherwise.
  5. Juan Soto needed 115 games to record 100 hits and 100 walks for the year, tying himself from last season for the fewest by any National League hitter in a single season since 2005. He has reached base an MLB-high 30 times since making his Padres debut on August 3.
  6. Yu Darvish has a 10.00 ERA in two starts against the Nationals as a Padre, including taking the loss on Saturday after allowing four runs over 6.0 innings. He faced Anibal Sanchez in that game, who avoided a loss for the first time in six starts this year.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/18/2022 thru 8/21/2022

The San Diego Padres will return home after a disappointing 3-3 road split against two of the worst teams in the National League, only to get a rematch against the worst in the league -- the Washington Nationals.

The Padres and visiting Nationals will begin a four-game set Thursday night.

The Padres' once-solid hold on a National League wild-card berth now finds them holding on to the last spot by a mere two games.

After this six-game homestand, the Padres will embark on a nine-game trip to Kansas City, San Francisco and Los Angeles to play the Dodgers. And while 18 of their final 27 games are at home, the Padres have series against three division leaders -- the Dodgers (nine games), Cleveland and St. Louis -- remaining.

The Padres-Nationals series will start Thursday night with a right-handed rematch between Nationals right-hander Anibal Sanchez (0-5, 7.20 ERA) and the Padres' Yu Darvish (10-6, 3.40). The pair faced off against each other on Saturday in Washington, D.C., with the Nationals winning 4-3 -- their only win in the three-game series.

Sanchez, 38, has pitched just 30 innings in six starts for the Nationals this season after returning with a minor league contract. He has given up 25 runs (24 earned) on 34 hits and 14 walks with 22 strikeouts -- for a 1.600 WHIP and a .286 opponents' batting average.

But the only game the Nationals won this season when Sanchez started was against the Padres on Saturday when the pitcher held San Diego to three runs on six hits and three walks, with four strikeouts in five innings. He earned a no-decision in the Nationals' win.

Sanchez has made seven career starts against the Padres. He has a 1-2 record but a 2.61 ERA and career .238 opponents' batting average, with 32 strikeouts in 41 1/3 innings. He has a 3.27 ERA and a .205 OBA in two previous starts at Petco Park, allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits over 11 innings.

Meanwhile, the Padres are 12-10 in Darvish's 22 starts this season.

The most recent loss was against the Nationals last Saturday when he gave up four runs on seven hits and a walk, with nine strikeouts in six innings. Darvish has gone at least six innings in 15 straight starts. He is 6-3 over his last 12 starts with a 2.93 ERA over 80 innings.

Darvish has faced the Nationals three times in his career. He is 1-1 with a 5.29 ERA.

Fernando Tatis Jr. will be in San Diego over the weekend to meet with Padres owner Peter Seidler for the first time since the shortstop drew an 80-game suspension for using a performance-enhancing drug. The ban will carry into the first two weeks of the 2023 season.

The meeting will come days before Tatis was expected to join the Padres for the first time this season after his recovery from a broken wrist. He also could meet with teammates to explain his actions.

--Field Level Media

Updated August 18, 2022