Nationals beat Phillies 6-4 after Turner left due to COVID-19
PHILADELPHIA – Trea Turner singled in the first inning and scored on Josh Bell’s three-run homer that put the Washington Nationals ahead to stay, but her shortstop was removed from the game due to a positive COVID-19 test. and he never played defense in a 6-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.
Juan Soto hit another three-run homer for the Nationals in the second.
After Turner got his one-out hit, he moved to third on a single by Soto before Bell hit his 16th home run. Turner then returned to the dugout and straight down the tunnel to the clubhouse, never entering the field at the bottom of the driveway.
“I found out right after he scored,” manager Dave Martinez said. “I had to take him out of the game. You have to isolate yourself immediately. Now, the test will be done and from there we will see what happens. “
Josh Harrison doubled up and had two hits for the Nationals, who snapped a five-game losing streak but have still won just twice in their last 15 games.
While Turner will lose time due to MLB’s COVID-19 protocols, the Nationals won’t have right-hander Stephen Strasburg for the remainder of the season. Martinez said before the game that the pitcher would undergo season-ending neck surgery on Wednesday.
“With all the things we’ve been through, I’m proud of these guys,” Martinez said. “They don’t give up.”
Bryce Harper hit the first inside-the-park home run of his career, doubled up and drove in a pair of runs for Philadelphia. Andrew McCutchen also went safety for the Phillies.
“It was a tough night for us,” Harper said, “but I thought we fought our best throughout the game and we never gave up.”
Harper hit his 16th home run in the fifth, when he drove a 1-1 switch from Erick Fedde deep to left and center. Victor Robles leapt toward him, but he was out of reach and bounced hard against the wall toward the center. Soto approached from right field to retrieve the ball, but his shot had no chance of catching Harper, whose slide to home plate wasn’t even necessary.
Harper said he probably hit an inside-the-park home run as a minor league player, but couldn’t remember the exact time.
“Hitting one right there was very good,” he said. “I was very happy and excited in that situation.”
McCutchen, who hit a game-ending three-run homer in the series opener on Monday, followed up with a single shot.
Fedde later became a hitter after allowing a single to Rhys Hoskins, and allowed four runs and eight hits with four strikeouts and one walk in 4 2/3 innings. Wander Suero (2-2), the second of four relievers who combined for 4 1/3 scoreless innings, retired all five batters he faced.
Brad Hand, who had blown two consecutive saves, finished him off for his 21st save.
HISTORY OF STRASBOURG
The three-time All-Star felt uncomfortable after a 27-pitch bullpen session last week and saw a specialist Monday. Strasburg (1-2, 4.57 ERA in five starts this season) was diagnosed with neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome. Martinez said the surgery will be performed on Wednesday by Dr. Greg Pearl in Dallas. The 2019 World Series MVP is expected to be ready for the start of spring training next year.
Nationals: Robles was removed from the game during his at-bat in the ninth inning. Robles grabbed his lower back after fouling a pitch, and Martinez later confirmed that he had lower back strain on the right side.
Phillies: Seranthony Dominguez threw a mock game. The right-handed reliever underwent Tommy John surgery last July and hasn’t pitched since 2019. He hopes to begin a rehab assignment next week and return to Philadelphia in late August or early September. … RHP JD Hammer was reinstated from COVID-19 IL.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
LZ Patrick Corbin (6-9, 5.71 ERA) takes the mound for the Nationals against Philadelphia All-Star LD Zack Wheeler (8-5, 2.37).
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