Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Washington0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 3 691
San Diego0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 342
  W: E. Ramírez (4-1)   L: J. Hader (2-5)   S: K. Finnegan (7)
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 19, 2022
Petco Park, San Diego, California  Attendance: 39,474

Double deja vu: Another pitching rematch for Padres, Nats

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

For the second time in as many nights, the San Diego Padres and visiting Washington Nationals will meet Friday night with a repeat pitching matchup from a game played less than a week ago in the nation's capital.

On Thursday, the Nationals' Anibal Sanchez and the Padres' Yu Darvish had a rematch, and for the second straight time, Washington won the game.

On Friday in San Diego, the matchup will pit Nationals right-hander Paolo Espino (0-5, 4.20 ERA) against Padres left-hander Blake Snell (5-6, 3.66).

When Espino and Snell faced off on Sunday in D.C., San Diego prevailed 6-0.

The Padres need a repeat of that game. Their lead for the last of three National League wild-card berths is down to a game over the Milwaukee Brewers.

The problem for the Padres is unchanged. Even though they've added Juan Soto, Josh Bell and Brandon Drury, their offense has fallen into a pattern of exploding in some games and shutting down in others.

In a 3-1 loss to the Nationals on Thursday, San Diego got its only run on Manny Machado's 22nd homer. The Padres managed only three hits, and when they loaded the bases in the seventh with one out and the score tied, both Trent Grisham and Soto struck out.

The Padres stranded seven runners -- four in scoring position -- in the last four innings.

"It's been a theme," San Diego manager Bob Melvin said. "We had a chance to break it open with the bases loaded and it didn't happen. There's still a lot of games to be played, and I'm confident we'll be successful."

Meantime, Nationals manager Dave Martinez noted that he is eager to break away from a "Groundhog Day" section of the schedule. The Nationals have four wins and six losses through the majority of a 13-game run in which they are playing only the Chicago Cubs and the Padres.

"We're looking forward to playing Seattle next week," Martinez said before the series opener against San Diego.

Friday could present a bad case of deja vu for the Nationals.

On Sunday in Washington, Snell shut out the Nationals on three hits and no walks with 10 strikeouts over six innings. It was the latest in a string of strong outings by the 2018 American League Cy Young Award winner.

Since the All-Star break, Snell is 4-1 with an 0.94 ERA in five starts. During that span, he has allowed three runs on 21 hits and five walks with 39 strikeouts in 28 2/3 innings. Over his past eight starts, Snell has lowered his ERA from 5.60 to 3.66.

"I don't know if Blake knows how good his stuff is," Melvin said recently. "He could tell hitters what's coming and they couldn't hit it."

Meantime, Espino is in the Nationals' rotation due to injuries.

"Injuries have hit us hard," Martinez said. "We've had to plug holes in the rotation."

Espino is set to make his 13th start and 33rd appearance of the season. He has a .277 opponents' batting average and has given up 90 hits in 81 1/3 innings.

As a reliever, Espino has no decisions and a 2.03 ERA. As a starter, he is 0-5 with a 5.27 ERA and a .299 opponents' batting average.

In his lone career start against the Padres, Espino gave up four runs on seven hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings on Sunday. For his career against San Diego, he is 0-1 with a 7.88 ERA in two games.

--Field Level Media

Updated August 19, 2022