NEW YORK — The injuries - and near injuries – keep piling up for the Washington Nationals.
And so do the scoreless innings on offense.
That is not a good combination, as a quartet of Yankees pitchers held Washington to just five singles in a 3-0 victory on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium in the first of a two-game interleague series.
The Washington right fielder was hit by a pitch twice Tuesday – once near the elbow and once on the left foot. He left the game in the top of the eighth inning after he was drilled on the foot.
“I tried to walk down the first base line,” Harper said of getting hit by Dellin Betances in the eighth. “It was no point.”
But Harper, who took himself out for pinch-runner Brian Goodwin, said after the game he was fine and the X-rays were negative on his foot.
Was he upset for being hitting twice after getting walked his first two at-bats?
“Not at all,” he said. “Just hurt. That is it.”
“He took it off the big toe,” Martinez said. “He just came in and said he was good. He said he was fine. He got hit square (on the foot). He said it hurt. Of course it hurt. He is a tough kid. He is in there (Wednesday).”
It was the fifth time in Harper’s career he reached base four times in a game without a hit and the first time since 2016, when it was done against the New York Mets.
The Nationals, who began the day tied for first, were fortunate that center fielder Michael A. Taylor was not hurt after making a nice catch on the warning track in the fourth inning.
NOTES: It was 70 years ago – on June 13, 1948 – that legend Babe Ruth made his last appearance at Yankee Stadium. The ailing Ruth was there as the Yankees retired his No. 3 jersey. A few months later, on Aug. 16, 1948, he died at the age of 53 of throat cancer. He was born in Baltimore in 1895 and hit a then-record 714 homers … Nationals lefty Matt Grace took over for Roark in the last of the seventh and Wander Suero threw the ninth.
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